I’ve mentioned keeping a journal as a helpful tool during this letting go challenge. I thought today we’d talk about this in a little more detail. There are a lot of advantages to writing regularly in a journal. If you’ve kept a diary in the past, you may be familiar with some of them. If you haven’t tried it yet, I seriously encourage you to give it a try. It can be very helpful. A journal or diary is always available to you and ready to listen as you pour out your thoughts and feelings on the page.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. Chances are you already have everything you need. You can use a notebook, or one of those fancy journals you bought years ago and never got past writing the first entry. Or if you prefer, you can keep a digital diary. Open a word document on your computer, or keep a voice or video recording on your phone. It doesn’t matter how you journal your letting go journey as long as you find a way that works for you.
The most important part is that you choose something that’s easy for you to do. If it takes too much effort and time, you won’t do it. Keep it simple and choose the format you think will best suit you. If a few days in you find that it’s not working as well as you thought, change it. There’s no reason you can’t move from a written journal to a video diary and vice versa.
The content, what you write down and record, is much more important than the format. Not only will it help you process your thoughts and feelings while you write them down, it also leaves you with a record that you can look through later. When you’re having a particularly bad day, or are struggling to stick to the plan, it’s nice to be able to look back and see how far you’ve come, or to remind yourself why you’ve chosen to let go and move on.
A journal will help you clear your thoughts and see your path. It can help remind you and focus your thoughts and feelings on letting go. If you’re not sure what to write about, I suggest you start with a quote. Find a verse or quotation about letting go that speaks to you and copy it down. Then start writing about your thoughts on the topic. Use the quote both as a writing prompt and inspiration. This is an easy exercise to do first thing in the morning to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind to work on letting go throughout the day.