By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
I’m not an avid journal keeper, more an occasional one, but there are real benefits to keeping some occasional record of our thought lives.
Like the quote above I have often gone back through earlier writing and found ideas laid out in short notes that I long ignored, but which I have found became central to my way of thinking years later. Even better are the epiphanies that are later revealed to have been connected in some way to ideas or beliefs I had previously discounted.
As we age our minds need to grow, our opinions and tastes mature, the tendencies of our nature reveal themselves through our actions, and world we live in and the people we are connected to change.
Oh, yeah, and our memory can get distorted and fuzzy.
When I work with clients I strongly encourage journaling. It is part of the coaching process. Our minds change as we process new information and engage in new forms of committed action. When we have some kind of record it is easier to see the changes we are going through.
Try to start some form journaling, recording your day, your memories, the thoughts that excited or troubled you. Write down your intentions and how you want to deal with difficult situations differently. Create a plan to follow through. Its helpful and proven instrument to effect change in your life.
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