- Mental Health
"Journal the Journey" By Rolly A. Chabot
Keeping it Real
Welcome again to the Fireside and the gathering of friends and those who have landed here by accident or hopefully have been directed here. No matter where you fall into know that you are welcome here and may you find something here that offers you some peace from what we have so conveniently tagged as life.
For those who know me I have often taken you back in time to another place or situation in life that has brought up some old memories. Some good and some not so good. All in all they are applicable to the way we find ourselves living today.
So please get comfortable and welcome as always and may this find you well and willing to sit through this. I welcome your comments and anything you are able to add of your experience is more than appreciated. Today I would like to write about the advantages of keeping a personal journal and the many great benefits it has to offer. Know that you are all dearly loved and accepted here.
I think it important really for us all to take the time and stop and think of where we have come from. I like to think of a journal entry as being a milestone or a marker along the pathway of life. A place that we can revisit and call it a measuring stick if you like and see our progress. There are going to be those times when we feel like we are stuck in time. If we have no reference point we have no way of really telling where we have come from.
To me a journal is such that it becomes a road map of sorts. A reference point to return to and hopefully give the need at the time a check mark. The check mark being the concern of issue has been dealt with.
Be honest with yourself and think of the freedom there is in sharing yourself and your need with another or in this case yourself as you pour out your heart on a piece of paper. It is a time of self study and a time that can give many unseen rewards as long as you are honest.
I often drive past these old farm houses that have been abandoned and my mind takes me to a place of wondering what actually happened in these places. We all like to think of the family filled with joy. The Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations and the happy times. Yet there is always the times that come to mind knowing there has been some great pain and suffering here as well. The loss of a loved one, maybe a painful childhood memory. some untold suffering of a child.
It is these things that hold us from having a full life. We can appear happy on the outside and yet inside we have turmoil. Stop for a moment and think of the young girl who has a diary. Coveted and locked with a key she only has. A place for her to write her inner most thoughts and desires. A wonderful concept really. Could there have been a diary in this house and what would it have spoken.
Take then to where we are today and ask. "Could I journal" Could I keep a record of the daily journey I find myself on. What would I share, what would I say. What would my story tell the world should it ever open the book. Or better yet would what I write help another to maybe avoid some of the pain I have seen in this life. Even better would it help me to understand my own journey and grow from it.
Back In Time
Back when my world had come to a point of having to live in a place that was a renovated motel and a small suite. A place where it was one step above welfare I was able to secure work only after making the offer of working free of charge for a month to prove my worth. My future boss called and said if you are wiling to do so then consider yourself as having a job starting Monday morning. Of course I would be paid for my time. Within a few months I was placed in charge of a shift of several employees and the relationship with me and the company proved to be invaluable as it again gave me purpose and I started to rebuild again the life that had taken a backwards turn.
With my first pay cheque I bought a battered old computer that was capable of Word documents and the Internet that allowed me to become connected again to many people new and old. It is funny the way life takes a change when we can sit and start to write about our hurts and I had many at the time. I would spend hours on end tapping away on that keyboard sharing with myself some of the most painful things in life. It was in these journals I began to really see progress in changing the way I thought about others and yes even myself.
We All Have Junk
I once wrote a sermon on something we all have in our homes. They are generally in the kitchen and they are what we call our "Junk Drawers." You know the one which becomes the catch all for all the stuff that has no real place in life but we keep stuffing things in there. Once we have cleared them of all the unnecessary we rid the frustration of finding what we may have slipped in there. I laugh as I write these words maybe I need to write about the one I have. Maybe a challenge out there to us all to share what we keep in them.
You see life is much like a junk drawer. We hang onto things, thoughts, anger, frustration and they all bind us and stop us from having joy. It may sound silly to journal about them and yet there is a certain amount of freedom once we have placed them into words. Like everyone there are things I have done in life that carry shame. It happens and it is how we deal with it that can either consume us or make us stronger should we deal with it appropriately. If it ends up in our personal junk drawer then it becomes baggage.
A journal can be either private or public depending on your comfort zone and what you are dealing with. What is important is that you be totalling a completely honest with yourself accept the blame if it is yours. Take the time today to consider starting a journal. They do call for a certain amount of commitment o your part. Remember it is not a race. To begin with you will have nothing but a jumble of thoughts going through your mind. Just enjoy spending time with yourself you never know you may find some great company.
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Typical Junk Drawer
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