To be clear, I can’t guarantee journaling digitally exclusively because I’d miss my pen and notebook too much, and some days I don’t have time/am too exhausted to formally journal. Like yesterday, for example, I did the nature challenge while driving to the gym. Point being it’s not the manner that matters – it’s the practice itself. Practice makes permanent so long as we hold ourselves accountable to the practice and forgive yet seek to understand ourselves when we do not, we will notice significant results. So here goes nothing!
How I’ve helped someone lately:
About a week ago I made a couple meals for a friend who broke her wrist. I don’t pass judgment – positive or negative – on myself for doing this, but realize it simply fits the definition of “helped”.
Anyway, I did it because knowing you’re feeding yourself good food feels good, yet sometimes it seems impossible to do something as basic as make a meal, even more so when injured. In times like these I know I turn to fast food which isn’t always as nutrient dense and, as a result, does not promote healing. I tried to put myself in her shoes: What would I desperately want if I had broken my wrist?
I recognize, now, I’ve been fortunate enough to have had quite a few people do this for me in the last few years, too, which probably inspired my action on a subconscious level — one that wasn’t conscious until just now. Legit: Mid typing ah-ha moment. 💡 The power of journaling!!
Nerding out about journaling aside, I hope this inspires you to give this journaling about gratitude thing a try every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be long, poetic, or public; it just has to happen. And isn’t it worth it? After all, you never know what you might find…