I’m joining up again with Shannon at Smile and Write for her Write Yourself Happy Link-up. We are both huge believers of the power of journal writing and the difference that regular writing will bring to your life.
I am finding a larger audience which is interested in learning about journal writing. This week I gave a short presentation to students in the College of Social Work on how to use journals in their personal life and with also with clients. It truly continues to surprise me at the individuals who do not journal because they are afraid to do it “incorrectly”. Your journal is your own and there is noright or wrong. If you are a blogger, your posts can be considered journals but I also encourage you to have a separate place to place your emotions without fear of spelling or bad pictures etc. If you are reading this and have never kept a journal, I encourage you to begin. Even if you only write once a week, you will begin to feel a benefit. (Research proves it!)
Each week, Shannon provides a prompt to provide a starting point for each of us to begin. Prompts are wonderful ways to start a journal entry if you do not know what to say or where to start.
Today’s prompt is: In Your Life, how are you strong? What has your strength meant to you?
I have truly never thought of strength as being physical. I grew up surrounded by “strong” women but none of them were large in stature or muscles. Strength to me is having the ability to deal with what life throws at you. Life is not always pretty nor is it always fair. Strength is accepting that you did not have control over something which happened but you can control how you react. Strength is not quitting even when you feel like it; but strength is also present when you know it is time to let go of something.
Do I see myself as strong? Certainly (and back in the day I actually had the muscles to prove it). The fact that I am still functioning after the last two years of my life demonstrates that. However, I think that because I know how to care for myself, I am able to be strong. I know how to reach out to others for support and I’ve learned to ask for what I need. Just as a building doesn’t sit upon one small brick for a foundation, neither should we as humans. Surrounding yourself with the right support can make you stronger.
How are you Strong? What does strength mean to You? Take a few minutes after reading this and reflect. Would love to hear your comments and thoughts.
Sheryl is a transition coach, trainer and speaker from Lexington Kentucky. As the author of the blog How to Make A Life, she uses her own life and journey as a blueprint to help others find motivation, inspiration and hope for a healthy and happy life. About Twitter Instagram Pinterest