With the nation, and indeed the globe, in the midst of major changes, now is a perfect time to start keeping a journal or renew your journal writing practice, if you aren’t currently writing consistently. Transitions are rich periods to record and reflect upon both inner and outer worlds. There is often inner confusion during times of change. Not only will journal writing help you navigate your through the turbulent times, but when you eventually reach the calm harbor, you’ll be able to look back at your writings during this time and help you make better sense of it all.
The first article offers ideas about looking back on your experiences of 2008 and writing about them. The second article in the newsletter is about an easily overlooked, but useful feature that elegantly lets you view multiple journal entries.
Sheila Bender and I have collaborated on several different webinars, and we’ve enjoyed them tremendously and gotten terrific feedback from many attendees—about how much they learned and how the webinars have inspired them to write more often. Join us for the next webinar: From Journal Entries to Personal Essays, on Tuesday, December 11, 8-9:30 PM (eastern time). Sign up now!
With best wishes for a peaceful, enjoyable, and uplifting holiday season!
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A Good Time to Take Stock: Prompts to Review the Past Year
As we’re coming to the end of 2008, it’s a good time to look back at the past year and reflect. This article is about looking back; there will be another article in an upcoming newsletter about looking forward to 2009.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN, here’s an important element about reviewing your year: Do it with compassion. We are usually so hard on ourselves. Reviewing your life works best when you develop and maintain a compassionate stance.
A few words on self-compassion: For many of us, it’s been a difficult year as the economy shrinks and threatens to continue on this path. Beating yourself up accomplishes little except for making yourself feel bad. Can you approach this self-review from the point of view of a warm, loving friend talking to another warm, loving friend? Can you keep your inner critical authority figures-parents, teachers, older siblings-at bay? If not, don’t review your year until you are able to adopt a somewhat detached and kind-hearted perspective on yourself.
There are some nice features that are incorporated to help you be able to set up these entries quickly and easily. In the Journal Explorer, if you select multiple entries and then right click and select “open,” the many journal entries will open in cascading windows, where the windows overlap each other, but the title bars remain visible.
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“Change is the process by which the future invades our lives, and it is important to look at ti closely, not merely from the gran perspectives of history, but also from the vantage point of the living, breathing individuals who experience it.”
“The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists.” –Japanese proverb
“Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.”–Bernard Williams
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