Something happened when I turned fifty. I realized I have lived more life than I have left, which creates an urgency to capture those memories before my failing mind loses them completely.
But how do we do that? How do we sift through all the experiences and select ones with meaning to share with our loved ones? Where do we even begin?
Sometimes all it takes is a visit to a local Flea Market. I am always surprised to find momentos of my childhood selling as antiques(?!) But those trinkets begin an avalanche of memories that I can tap into. Keep a notebook handy and write down any ideas that come to mind.
I believe everyone has a heart’s desire – a passion in life – something that grabs our attention with such gusto that it keeps us awake at night. Some of us, however, may find our passions hibernating, or perhaps lying dormant for so long we fear they are in an irreversible coma.
It is vital to reconnect with those passions in life and discover ways to pursue them throughout adulthood. I believe these passions, especially those we’ve enjoyed for years, are God-given. And I believe God would not give us true desires if He did not also equip us to bring them to fruition.
Last week we reviewed key life experiences that led us to this present day. Today we will take stock of our personality type and character traits that make us unique.
I believe that God not only gives us a purpose in life, but He fully equips us with the skills and talents to meet that purpose.
In return, I am to cultivate and develop those skills to become the best me I can be. Not to become the best…. just to become the best ME.
So far this journaling series has focused on Spiritual Journaling and Emotional Journaling. The next few weeks we are going to focus on Legacy Journaling.
I am passionate about writing our stories for future generations. The good, the bad, and all the times in between. I believe we should document our core values, our beliefs, our temperaments, our experiences and then show how they all weave together to create the tapestry of life.
Today we will focus on journaling life experiences.
I have been a fan of Patti Digh’s book, Life is Verb, since 2010. In fact, I so enjoyed the book the first time I read it, I began a weekly blog meme: Life is a Verb Thursdays.
For those who might be unfamiliar with this work, here is the back cover blurb:
The death of her stepfather just 37 days after being diagnosed with cancer woke Patti Digh up, scared her, and made her examine her own life. She realized that living your best life doesn’t mean ditching your job and sailing around the world – it means living each individual, glorious, simple day with more intention. (emphasis my own)
Last week I focused on a book near and dear to my heart, The Artist’s Way, and previewed a few writing prompts I gleaned from each chapter.
Today I will do the same with Brene Brown’s bestseller, The Gifts of Imperfection.
While Expressive Journaling is deeply personal, there are times when we need a bit of help discovering a topic or emotion to unravel. There are three books I have used extensively to help develop writing prompts for just this purpose: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; Life is a Verb by Patti Digh; and The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.
Over the next three weeks I will illustrate how I develop personal writing prompts from these three sources. Hopefully these will help you create your own writing prompts from special books in your personal library.