Today I journaled using a pre-made list of questions:
and a list of listing prompts:
What a great experience!
A Break from “Me”
Returning to work (I am a teacher) and keeping up with my writing obligations and a new role as women’s Bible Study leader at church, while not yet fully recovered from this spring’s concussion, has really set me back both emotionally and physically. I am so tired, and when I am tired, I am so prone to feeling sorry for myself. (Pity my poor husband!)
And yet, these past few days I have felt a huge urge to journal.
However, I am so sick of myself, the last thing I wanted to do was open up my journal and write about me and my life.
Enter “Pinterest: Debby Zigenis-Lowery, A Literate Lifestyle” Pinboard
One of the many things I collect on Pinterest are journaling prompts. I decided it was time to pick a prompt resource and use that to inspire my journal entry.
Question 1 from 365 Questions September: “What decision do you wish you didn’t have to make?”
At first I didn’t think I wanted to try and answer this, but I had committed to following the list.
I though and I thought. Hmm. There are no difficult decisions I have to make right now. Wow! Suddenly I realized, I am pretty blessed.
I wrote about this in my journal and emerged with a true attitude adjustment in a far more positive direction.
I had also collected a number of list prompts. The idea of simply listing sounded simple and fun.
Prompt #1: Favorite Sounds
Here is my list:
- Gently moving water
- Little birds singing outside the window
- My granddaughters sweet little-girl voices
- The summer breeze moving in the trees
- The boom of fireworks
- The boom of thunder, especially in the mountains
- The jingle of little bells
- The jangle of sifting through a pile of bottlecaps
- The splash of driving through a puddle
- The absolute quiet of snowfall
- The clatter of a jar of buttons
- The crunch of kicking through autumn leaves
- The scrunch from crinkling tissue wrapping paper
- Hymns and Christmas carols sung a capella
- Gentle piano
- Gentle guitar
I feel so much better, so much less sorry for myself. I have discovered I love journaling to a prompt.
Yes, there is a time and place to journal your experiences and feelings. It is very therapeutic. However, it is also pretty wonderful to turn your mind onto a new track and make discoveries you may have never have otherwise encountered today.
What about you? Have you followed a journal prompt lately? What was it?
And what are your favorite sounds?