“I kept always two books in my pocket, one to read, one to write in.” —Robert Louis Stevenson
Always carry two books with you. The one you are reading, and the one you are writing. The greatest story ever told will always be the one you write about your own life. The author of your life is, none other than, you.
Sometimes it’s easy to allow another person or society to “take the pen” from our hand, and write our stories for us—whether it’s what to wear, what to eat, how to speak, the name(s) we are called. It is important to remain vigilant to your truth. Protect your truth and what matters to you. It can be as simple as speaking up when someone decides that your name is too difficult to pronounce so it would be a good idea to give you a new one. Or it could be a matter of the way we are being treated by someone in our lives…and being wise enough to gently and respectfully let go. Each moment is a second chance to be the person we hope to be.
Journaling is a great way to reflect on a day’s journey and to contemplate on the people, places, and ideas that influence us the most. Each day, you might try one or a few of the following journaling techniques:
- Daily Successes
- Free Flow
- Morning Thoughts
- Nightly Gratitude