The pain is unbearable! I put down the feelings that engulf me. They come tumbling out, faster than I can write. Some words are blotted out where tears have fallen. I write the date and time of day before each entry, giving reality to what is happening. Sometimes I write a lot, other times only a sentence or two. Always I feel some measure of relief.
Why I Write in a Journal
My journal offers a ready release. It is always with me, going in my purse when I leave the house. My friends are not that available.
Having to write slows me down to a pace I can handle. It gets me off the treadmill of going nowhere.
My feelings get all jumbled. Writing helps me to separate them and to make sense of what is happening in my life.
Putting my problems on paper organizes them, and I can begin to write possible solutions. I can refer back and check my progress.
When I need to release pent-up feelings, I can read what I wrote in the early days. That will trigger the tears that need to flow.
Questions without answers can be written down and left on the paper. It stops them from going ‘round and ‘round in my head.
As my grief is released, I begin to note some breaks in the clouds. That feels so good.
A running chronicle gives me a “then” and “now” to measure my growth.
My journal is proof of my survival.
This journal method of expressing my grief has helped me more than anything else. I will continue to share with my journal, a friend who is always near.
You too can begin a journal. Purchase a spiral notebook and continue writing through your grief and beyond.Do you keep a journal? How do you cope with your grief? Share your story and ideas below.
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