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(week 9 prompt)

Good morning, Friends. As promised, here is your Week 9 journal prompt. The Fall of 2008 was the first time I actually journaled using a prompt. I felt odd and uncomfortable trying to connect to a prompt that a veritable stranger had just given me. My writing started out clumsy and trite, but the final sentence revealed an unexamined quandary that had been undermining my ability to step with clarity or confidence. I wrote: “I don’t know how to not add to my husband’s unhappiness and still be me and live in peace.” In the years since, journaling has provided me space to find the answers to questions I didn’t even know to ask. Those answers have empowered me to make difficult decisions and step with compassion and commitment into uncharted territory.

Today before journaling, try going outside for a few minutes and listen deeply for the farthest bird song while simultaneously noticing the feel of the air on your skin; Perhaps take a slow, short stroll before returning inside; Smile and exhale just before picking up your notebook and pen. That’s it!

For those who are interested, you can also share, read, and comment on cc_icon“Cathartic Clarity”: the Facebook Community I created that’s dedicated to empowering clarity through journaling. If you have any questions or insights you want to share, I would love to hear from you. Let’s get started! This week’s journal prompt is:
Week 9: “Following the golden thread woven throughout my life, I’ve come to understand . . .”
Email me at care if you would like the weekly journal prompts conveniently emailed to you each Saturday. I look forward to hearing from you!

For anyone interested, you can also read some of my journal responses by clicking here.