On Keeping a Journal
Keeping a private notebook or journal is an excellent way to…
Understand yourself and your circumstances
Create meaning and possibilities
Create a record of your life experiences
Process: Take ten or fifteen minutes a day to write freely about whatever
Journal Writing Prompts: Use a prompt to begin your writing….
(adapted in part from journalingprompts.com)
Right now, I… This works each and every time you sit down to
write. It’s always a new “right now.”
A topic for everyday of the month: Write a list of 31 ideas,
issues, concerns, people…a list of things you already pay attention to in
your life, or you want or need to pay attention to… 31.
On any given day, select an item from your list and begin
writing about it.
Think of someone you know who does good work. What
qualities does that person show in carrying out that
work? Begin writing
Write about an experience that changed a long-held
viewpoint or opinion that you had.
Courage. Write about a time when your courage
Fear. Write about a time when you acted
a certain way because of fear.
Joy. Write about something that has
recently given you joy.
Kindness. Write about the kindest
thing someone did for you OR
you did for someone else.
Reflect on the contents of
your mind. List thoughts
that you think over
over again. Which
should be cleared
out, deleted? Which ones
are worth saving?
Write about three things
you are confident about.
If it’s true that there is something of divinity in every human
being, what does this mean for how we are to treat ourselves and others?
Write about what you do, or can do, to honor another’s divinity.
It’s true: we learn the most from the difficult situations in
our life—from our mistakes or from difficult circumstances. Write
about a difficult time and what you ended up learning that perhaps you
wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
And what are you doing
important goal and