My topic today is not a novel idea nor have I developed a new way to approach it. Yet, I have chosen it. That is because it works. If I reach one person and convince them to try it, then I am happy.
Take pen to paper and write. Write in times of joy, times of pain, if you are in fear or have none at all, write if you are lost and without direction. The written word is so powerful. It is a window into your soul. Write every day or just when emotions are busting out. Share it or lock it away. It doesn't matter. The beauty, the healing, the love, the cure or the letting go is all in act of writing.
I did not start writing as an adult until about seven years ago. I had never done more than keep a diary as a kid until the day my brother broke that tiny clasp and read about a crush and how mad I was at my parents. That was the end. Too young to grasp the potential beauty in writing, I simply stopped.
Fast forward to New Year's Day seven years ago at around 3 am. I couldn't sleep. I lay for so long in that bed, thoughts racing about my son, his whereabouts, alive or dead, hurt, scared, alone, hungry...I wanted to jump out of my skin. I wanted to sleep! I was filled with sheer desperation. While roaming the house, unable to remain in that bed, words just flew into my head. I was filled with a new desperation to write them down. I was possessed with the belief that if I could just commit them to paper, I would feel better. And I did.
Was this the same as having a conversation about my thoughts with someone else at 3 am?? No, it was entirely different. It was an uninterrupted flow of raw emotion. There was no self-monitoring of what I said, no advice offered that required response, no regrets or conversation replay. This writing has remained tucked away since that night but oh how it worked that night!! I SLEPT. Two words filled with so much relief. It turns out that I needed to talk to my son and, through this collection of words, I did. Again, this is not a novel idea but oh, how I want to impress upon you how well it works.
I have not stopped writing since then. I have gotten so fond of this tool and confident in it's ability to ease pain or memorialize joy. More than once I have pulled off the road to release my words and then bask in the glory of this release and stillness I am left with.
Today, writing is promoted and included in many self-help and coaching manuals, writing motivational cards...exercises to rediscover your inner desires...Again demonstrating the power of honoring your thoughts and committing them to paper. Such an easy free tool that can be so POWERFUL!!!!!