A few days ago the wife and I were cleaning out our bedroom— fall “spruce up” if you will. While going through my bedside table or as I fondly refer to it “the land of buried treasure”, I came across not one, not two, but five journals! Yes, FIVE. These weren’t just any journals either. They were my full fledge pleas to the universe and myself for a “fresh start”. Each of the five journals began the same way, with my written declaration to begin an emotional, physical and sometimes spiritual cleansing.
You see, I am an obsessive “life cleanser”. I believe that changing one’s life begins with the crack of a newly purchased book with blank pages… just willing you to fill them up with your aspirations, fears and yes, obsessive tendencies *wink*. So, from my calculations I’ve changed my life at least 5 times in over 8 years…LOL!
My journals don’t necessarily represent a stop in behavior per se but instead the awareness that I am in need of a “course correction”.
Most of us get that feeling in our stomach when our life is not going down the path we want. We are not in the job of our dreams, or dating the right person, or we may have put on some unwanted weight and in all these situation we are looking for a fresh start—a way for us to stop, drop, and roll! Remember when we were in grade school and were taught that in the event we were on fire we needed to “stop, drop, and roll”? Well the same is true when negativity and a “can’t do” attitude are burning you up from the inside out.
It’s time to stop our mental track, drop our negative behavior and roll into a positive lifestyle and fresh perspective on the world!
When I discovered all the journals I had been keeping over the years…my initial reaction was to tell my wife that I was “crazy”. I burst into hysterical laughter saying to her… “Who has this many journals? A nut that’s who”. But then it occurred to me that I wasn’t “nuts”, quite the contrary, I was committed to personal evolution. These journals didn’t represent the ramblings of a person out of control or “depressed”, but the thoughts and desires of a person committed to becoming the best person she could be.
Journaling provides me with the space to be quiet with my thoughts and document the changes in my life. It’s amazing how much we can grow in just a few years. Nowadays, there are so many ways for us to get our thoughts out… from voice recorders, to iPad apps, to Facebook and twitter there are a multitude of ways to document your evolution from who you are to who you want to be. There is no shame in piling up your bookshelves with your own stories. As a matter of fact, I am awaiting my next journal in the mail as I type this *smile*.
So, here’s to the next chapter (or journal) in our personal development. Write on!
As my favorite Polinista Madonna sang “Express Yourself”!