A journal is a good companion for any journey. This little book can serve as a place to write reflections, capture ideas or quotations, sketch an image, or just doodle. The process of writing cements your reflection and can be helpful to review down the road, especially when you want to track the new insight you are gaining along the way. Always date your entries.
Keep it close and private. In case you lose it, put your name, mobile number and “Privacy Please” on the front page.
What to write in a journal
Throughout Mission: Day by Day we will offer you daily questions to “pause and ponder.” The following are further prompts to inspire your reflection:
- Respond the question: “What’s inspiring me today?”
- Rummage through your day. See what feelings emerge and write about one of them.
- Review your calendar. Record what you notice about where you are committing your energy.
- Write a letter to someone who you need to talk to or create a dialogue with someone whose advice would benefit you.
- Pick a word or phrase of importance for you and write it large. Make notes about it.
- Look with curiosity at your name. Think about where this name comes from, who has spoken it aloud over the years, and what this name has come to mean for you.
- Consider your future. Write yourself a letter for a year from now, five years from now, or more. Ask yourself important questions. Remind yourself of what is getting your attention these days.
- Occasionally review your journal with a colored pen. Underline or circle key words with a date.
Many of us now find ourselves doing the bulk of our writing on line. It’s convenient and fast. Do a search for “journal templates” and you’ll find beautiful, simple interfaces that allow you to collect your thoughts in an organized way that fits your style. Keeping a journal on line can be as easy as opening a Word Doc and starting to type. Pick a pleasing font. Always date your entries. Drop in images as you wish. Always save in a secure place and mark as private.