“There is a very human tendency to deny the fallacies and tragedies in our lives, but these are the very things that sometimes deliver us to ourselves – if we can learn from them.”
Jane Fonda, Prime Time
“Life is like a chalkboard, and you hold the eraser — to erase away old habits and patterns. Before you can erase it, you have to see it on the board. This is where the Art of Journaling begins.
Pamela Byrd, Wilderness Journeys
Growing up was not easy for me. Nor was it easy for many; far easier for less than most.
Trying to come into our own through the pain of a childhood wrought with parental abandonment, addictions and exposure to situations far too complex for our delicate minds to understand leaves us in a state of delusion as to the realities of life.
As we enter into the realm of adulthood and begin to travel on our chosen roads toward the life we expect, the past creeps up on us like an unexpected bacterial cyst. A re-occurring outbreak when least expected.
Our day dreams and temporary fantasies of a childhood filled with Brady Bunch love and Walton Family values provided us with a momentary safe haven, in the midst of our chaotic world, only to be awakened by the abrupt reality of a family competing with the likes of The Adams Family and The Simpsons.
This reality was far too common throughout my childhood, being tossed around like a hot potato as I was enrolled in 13 different schools by the time I graduated high school. It’s hard to build and maintain friendships as a child when you are tossed to and fro.
My key-laden diary became my only reliable confidante, my constant companion.
Her name was first Kit-Kat, then Kitty, a new nickname for each new diary begun. Her identity was changed for her, as it was for me with each new transfer.
It was no different than the constant change I had become accustomed to. After all, misery loves company, and what better company than your very own best friend. My diary and I shared many experiences. We laughed and cried together continuously as the years passed by.
I schedule a reunion with my best friend ever so often. Now, we have grown up together and continue to share our experiences. We sometimes reflect on the years gone by and help each other to identify patterns that may be holding us back from living the life we dreamed of so long ago.
This amazing friendship has unveiled a valuable tool for moving me through life’s terrain. It has given me the ability to examine my experiences and develop a plan of action for identifying any historical data that may be hindering my forward movement toward the life that God has pre-destined for me.
“What Good Is a Gift, if you don’t Share it with others?”
God has made a message out of my mess. He has provided me with a gift to share with others. Many individuals are struggling to make sense of where they are and so often unaware of the triggers that are keeping them from moving in the direction that God has charted out for them.
Your ability to reflect on your past can help you to gain clarity on where you are and how you came to be at this particular place. Many times, it’s not until we are able to travel down this road, that we are equipped to move further along that pre-destined road, void of distractions and proverbial forks in the road.
I take this journey with you as your guide.
I introduce you to various styles and forms of journaling that will allow you to:
- Explore fresh ideas for capturing your world in writing through self-reflection
- Transform difficult life transitions into personal growth
- Identify self-defeating patterns that may be hindering your progression
- Gain freedom from your past, overcome present trials and move forward to a more rewarding future
All for the purpose of helping you to eliminate any hindrances that may be blocking the pathway on your journey to your intended destination.
Each of the styles explored will help you to tap into solutions for clearing emotional clutter, thereby allowing you to freely forgive; not only yourself, but others, through a better understanding of what was, what is and what’s possible.
If journal writing is a practice that you have incorporated into your daily ritual and/or you would like to become more knowledgeable in how journal writing can work for you, I invite you to be a part of my Journeys Through Journaling Group on FB where you will gain valuable insights and shared revelations through the practice of journaling.