I admit that there are days that pass by, sometimes even an entire week, where I don’t practice what I’m about to preach.
There has almost always been a journal in my life. I have vintage suitcases that are filled with written pages from my younger years, all the way through adult life. I used to write about my thoughts, feelings and updates on life, never quite having any true direction or goal in mind. However, in the past year my journaling has shifted slightly and it offers much more of a reward in return.
We have been groomed to receive input from our phones, whether it be from social media or news updates. From the moment we wake up, we are reacting to the things that happen to us every day, which leaves us with an unorganized chain reaction of living our lives according to other people’s agenda. If you think about it, we are all addicted to input. You might read a sad story on Facebook that can throw off your lunch break or hear some positive news with the economy that leads you to make an unnecessary purchase. All of these chain reactions lead us away from our goals, aspirations and true sense of self.
By journaling every day, you are self manifesting a trigger of good habits which alter every area of your life. Instead of rolling out of bed with your phone in hand checking the latest news, think about what could happen if first thing every morning you wrote down, “I am a success.” While I used to ramble nothings in my journal entries, I now feel like I have a focus, a goal and a mission. If I pick up my phone, it is to research positive affirmations or quotes that inspire me.
A little over a year ago, I found myself completely lost making my way home from JFK to Los Angeles. I was chasing something that did not exist. I was chasing the idea of happiness, success and love and at the end of the day, I was left empty-handed and in tears. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. As I walked through the airport, I made my way to the magazine stand where a journal stood out to me. I purchased it along with a pen, and something in me just felt the need to write down positive affirmations. I started doing this every day because it was the only thing that brought me true joy and guidance. It felt like a lifeboat during what was a bad storm for me.
Things in my life have completely shifted since then. My marriage is stronger, my days are happier and I am no longer doing things because it’s what others want me to be doing. I feel much stronger with my own sense of self and purpose. I don’t know if it’s all due to the journaling each morning, but if I look at the main constant from the shift over the past year, it involves my journal.
Do you keep a journal? What types of things do you like to write about?