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Do You Journal ? 
Started by eKIM
18 Mar 2013, 7:16 PM

Do you journal?

Have you ever wanted to journal, to put your deepest thoughts in written form, but just don’t know how to get started?  I have found that journaling can be a key component of the healing journey as well as an amazing ride of self-discovery.

I’d like to share my journaling experience with you. I made a list of 30+ personal attributes (see below).  I have listed them in a very specific and personal order that was meaningful to me.  I chose the first category on my list and then I just started writing

I wrote more from my heart rather than with my mind.   I file my writings away and look at them once in a while.  It`s amazing to see changes in what I wrote then, and what I understand now.  Sometimes I find that I see things much more clearly now, and I have a hard time believing that I actually wrote what I did, way back when.

Here’s a list that I use:

The Secrets To A Good Life


  • Love    
  • Joy    
  • Peace    
  • Patience    
  • Kindness    
  • Goodness    
  • Faithfulness    
  • Humility    
  • Self-control
  • Faith   
  • Honesty
  • Healing    
  • Forgiving    
  • Thanking    
  • Appreciating    
  • Hope    
  • Intuition 
  • Searching    
  • Learning   
  • Growing
  • Purpose
  • Confidence
  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Compassion    
  • Befriending    
  • Listening   
  • Understanding   
  • Giving    
  • Hugging    
  • Playing    
  • Smiling  
  • Laughing    
  • Dreaming    
  • Creating

Maybe you’d like to try journaling. You could start with the same list.  Add to it.  Subtract from it.  Rearrange it in a meaningful order that makes sense to you.

Do you currently journal?   

What approach works for you? 

In what ways have you benefited from your journaling?

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Reply by JennJilks
22 Mar 2013, 7:34 PM

I journal. I often counsel clients to journal their medical issues for posterty, as well as having a record. This helps with disease trajectory. We must understand the course of a disease. 

Mostly, I talk to them about hope. How hope changes. Please read: Hope, framing it.
How we can keep hope, and refrain from those battle images. Cancer, for example, isn't a battle. We don't have winners and losers.
It is important to reflect on the language we choose to use.

I ask them to write down three things for which they are grateful every day. 
No longer do you hope for a cure, once you are palliative. One must hope for different things: 
    • hope for a good day
    • hope for visitors
    • hope for the small things that make life good to live
    • hope to go outdoors
    • hope to be pain-free.
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Reply by eKIM
22 Mar 2013, 10:36 PM

Hi JennJilks

Thanks so much for your post.  It was very insightful.  I hope that we hear more from you on Virtual Hospice.  I am a hospice resident support volunteer. 

The part of your post that touched my heart deeply was “hope for visitors”.  Sadly, some hospice residents do not get many visitors – some, none at all.  As a volunteer, I feel especially drawn to these people. 

I might not have known them for their entire lives, but I am there, now, in the moment, to “companion” them on this journey. 

It may seem small, even futile to some outside observers.  But to me, and I hope to the recipient, it seems like the most important thing in the world at that very moment.

- eKim

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