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The definition of love and awareness of it in your daily life is always a healing journal writing prompt.
And speaking of Baby Boomers, it’s arguable that the single most influential phrase of our blossoming years was the Beatles’ immortal lyric, “All you need is love.”
It is still such a comforting and helpful idea. Whatever the situation, looking for the love inevitably provides a solution. I don't know why governments and judges and the world at large haven't figured that out yet.Read More
by Donna Donabella
“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts
I am not a good journaler. I don't journal daily. I don't have a regular practice. I have tried, but as of yet I have not been able to fully plunge in. Maybe because to be a good journaler you have to develop a habit, and I bore easily with habits and routine. Maybe there is a fear that I will not have enough to say, or is it a fear of what I might say on the page.
But no matter the reason I do not journal regularly; I will journal for specific reasons from time to time throughout the year. For instance, if I am feeling the need to acknowledge gratitude, I will keep a gratitude journal, which is actually the longest journal habit I have been able to maintain.Read More
There are many qualities of journal writing that make it ideal for anyone seeking understanding. For baby boomers, journaling may become an indispensable tool for understanding the process of aging.
A friend told me she felt some guilt over the not-so-great economy and the sharply divided society we’re handing down as boomers to our children. It’s not hard to see her viewpoint. Whether just nostalgically or not, in America people my age remember a kinder, gentler world, where opportunity was far easier to come by.Read More
by Lauren Persons
It happened again--another night that I fall asleep quickly while trying to read a great novel or movie I have wanted to see for months. I sleep well and then it happens … I wake up, staring into the dark. A heavy weight lies upon my chest, perhaps an elephant.
It is the designated hour for solving all problems of my day, my life, my lack. It is three a.m. What do I do? Where do I start? I can go to a 24-hour grocery store but that would require getting dressed and what would I buy? I am sure it would be a gallon of salted caramel ice cream, and then that would compound my problem.Read More
Someone said recently, “Dream as if your life depended on it; because it does.”
Continuing the discussion about baby boomers and how we are now facing our (ahem) older years, this quote is a good place to start. How many of us in our 50s or 60s or 70s can say we have lived our dreams? And are we still dreaming, or have we put all that aside by now?
If you lack energy and positivity, if you’re feeling old, if you feel disappointed, or like a failure, it could be because you no longer cultivate your dreams.Read More
by Jerry Waxler
In this guest post, part of a WOW book tour, a long-time journaler talks about his book Memoir Revolution. Jerry Waxler makes the memoir form of writing seem like an inevitable answer to questions about our psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. What ways do you experience the connection between journaling and memoir writing?
My college years were every parent’s nightmare. Instead of preparing for adulthood, I joined Vietnam war protests, became fascinated by hippie beliefs, and smoked lots of marijuana. For years afterward, my thoughts and emotions continued to race out of control, as if I was recovering from trauma. I tried many techniques to help me find inner strength, including meditation, exercise, and yoga. One of my favorite self-help techniques was journaling. I wrote in a journal for at least a half hour a day, for about 10 years.
Over time, I realized that I was falling in love with writing. During one of my many job changes, I mentioned my interest to the interviewer at a computer company. I got the job as a technical writer, and began earning my pay by putting together sentences. In my forties, I wanted to move beyond computers, so I went back to school for a master’s degree in counseling psychology. By the time I was fifty, I changed roles, sitting in the therapist’s chair, listening to clients who were attempting to sort out their lives.Read More
Our latest guest from the WOW-Women on Writing Book Tour shares thoughts about her book and experiences with the homeless. You might want to journal your thoughts after reading this article.Read More
This post is especially about people of my generation, though everyone will deal with these issues sooner or later. Journal writing is key to navigating what can be a treacherous road as we age.
No use hiding it: I am an aging baby boomer. And yeah, I know that everyone grows old and every generation must wrestle with the loss of youth.Read More
by Glenda Poulter
I was first introduced to Mari McCarthy’s 27-Days of Journaling to Health and Happiness about this time last year. Since I was an avid on-again off-again journaler for most of my life, I thought I would check it out and see if the program could help me become an avid all-the-time journaler.