Monday, April 17, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
We can be redeemed only to the extent to which we see ourselves.
— Martin Buber
“One of the best ways I know to get in touch with myself,” a woman explained, “is to write my thoughts and feelings. When I express my reactions to the happenings of life – in the privacy of a journal – I can more easily sort out and work through my positive and negative feelings. A journal is a great tool for self-knowledge. And I don’t have to be a ‘great writer’ to have it work. All I have to have is an earnest desire to know myself.
“You know, I’ve often surprised myself with my own insight and common-sense solutions to seemingly hopeless situations. And all I did was take time to clarify my thoughts by writing them down. It’s wonderful to discover my deepest feelings and values. It’s even greater to share my thoughts after they’re clear in my own mind. Not only do I benefit from journal writing. But all my loved ones do too!”
TODAY – I will take time to get to know myself by putting my thoughts and feelings on paper. Clarifying my attitudes and reactions will help me share my concerns with others more calmly and serenely. I will also get a better perspective of myself and my experiences.
You are reading from the book:
The Reflecting Pond by Liane Cordes. © 1981 by Hazelden Foundation