- How did family and classmates label you?
- What impact did that have on you?
- How did you label others?
- What peeves you?
- What angers you the most?
- What do you hate most intensely? Why?
- What grudges do you still hold?
- How does this affect you?
- What do you need to forgive? How could you go about
Do a word portrait of yourself. Be balanced. Write about
losses in your life. How have these helped to form the person
you are today? What was it like to be sick when you were
a child? How did family members react to your sickness?
Describe an illness that you recall.Write your own eulogy
as you think it would go now. Is that what you would like
to have read? If not, then write a preferred eulogy. Specifically,
what needs to be done between now and the end of your life
to make that a reality?
Make sketches, draw cartoons, do collages in an unlined
journal. Keeping a journal is one of the best tools to practice
trusting your writing and to make sure you keep writing.
You can keep a journal in a cheap or an expensive notebook,
on scraps of paper dropped into a box, in computer files
or in letter form. Just as long as you write as much and
as often as you can without editing yourself and you have
access to the words you've written, you are keeping a journal.
If you haven't been journaling or doing it as often as you
wish, think about where you write and when you are likely
to have time to write. If this is away from home, be sure
the notebook you choose is one you like carrying with you.
Train yourself to keep your notebook with you. If you are
most likely to write at home, keep your notebook in a place
in your home where you like to sit. If your favorite way
to keep a journal is using a computer, accommodate yourself
by naming folders in ways that will amuse you and make you
feel good about opening them. If you use different computers
at home and at work, you might want to email entries to
yourself and keep them on one computer in one file. There
is also a wonderful software product out now called LifeJournal.
If you like to use your computer to journal, this product
provides prompts, inspirational quotes, a way to review
your journaling each week to find out what you've been dealing
with and a easy to use and thorough way to assign topics
so you can always retrieve what you've written about in