So, you’ve decided to try journaling again. Perhaps my earlier post on the benefits I received from journaling inspired you to give the approach I use a try. But what do you journal about? If you follow the approach I use, you’ll write from your stream of conscious. Which is great until there’s no stream. Then what?
Sometimes priming a small trickle can lead to a river of ideas and thoughts. If you find yourself at a loss for what to write about, try answering some of these questions for starters:
- What significant events happened since you last journaled?
- What interactions did you have with others that stirred your emotions in some way?
- What passage did you read or idea did you hear that stood out to you?
- What longings do you have? How would you describe your life in three years? Ten years?
- Who is someone you admire and what question might you pose to them? What would they say in return?
- What letter might you write to someone to express something you’d like to get off your chest (but will never send)?
- What are the destructive messages you often tell yourself?
- What things are you grateful for?
- How does what you are eating or how you are exercising affect the way you feel and think?
- What would you say to or ask of a friend or family member if you faced no criticism in doing so?
- What would you ask of God if He gave it to you today?
- Who encouraged you with a remark and why was it encouraging?
Of course, this list of questions could go on and on. You may have some of your own favorites to add to it. My personal favorite is to write about the things I am thankful for as a prayer to God. I find that one act lifts my spirits when I’m down and gives me an added boost even when I’m already up. Of course, the nice thing about starting with gratitude is that you never run out of things to be thankful for.
So, go ahead, grab a question from the list above and let your pen and your river flow. Happy journaling.
I’d love to hear from you by leaving a comment: What things do you write about in your journal?