Writing rights. Sketch in your journal, pen a thank u note, email a longtime pal, craft your dreams on paper...and note the healing u feel.
One day last week, I came across a note page in the back of my daily planner. Dated 12/16/09, it displayed the following hand-scrawled header: “Things I Can Do to Make Tomorrow Better.” Below that, was this list:
- Take a mid-morning java break;
- Buy flowers for my office desk;
- Take a walk at lunchtime;
- Do yoga stretches at my desk;
- Take a10-minute afternoon break to do deep breathing.
I honestly cannot tell you what precipitated the development of this sketch for a better day. I can only guess on the day it was written, I had rushed from meeting to meeting (or task to task)—without taking any sort of dedicated break, and/or experienced duress over a looming, ever-expanding “to do” list.
Here’s a probable scenario of what ensued as a result: During a moment of sheer “Yikes!” I sought to work things out for myself. My journal, generally, is the place where I do this. Knowing this would not be accessible to me at work, I found the “notes” section in the back of my daily planner and began formulating a plan to make the next day better than the one I was currently experiencing.
Perhaps my actions were not as beneficial as a journal writing session (This is where I can truly get in touch with what’s bothering me.). Yet, in a pinch, writing this list served its purpose. It allowed me to create a solution for how I was feeling on the day my plan was written, AND essentially, (by doing so) enabled me to subconsciously identify the initial problem (culprit=not dedicating needed time to nurture myself). Not bad!
Never underestimate the power of writing it down. Writing, after all, rights. T.