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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

From the Wise

-The "Who Am I?" Journal-

Who am I? It's a lifelong question. It's not about the stuff…"I'm a mom," or "I'm a good employee"—it's "When I was born, what was the plan for my life?"
Write in this journal every night. There will be some nights where you are going to write, "I don't know." But if you work on this question every day you are going to start recognizing that it is this very question that you've been avoiding in your life. You've stopped yourself from feeling. This is about getting those feelings to return. It's going to be a struggle and confusing to really start pondering, "Who Am I?" but don't minimize what could happen if you make a commitment every night to be writing something about who you are. -


Create a "What I Enjoy" List

As simple as this may sound, it is very important for you to make one. This list should include everything that brings you pleasure and passion in life. If you aren't sure what brings you joy right now, think back to what used to bring you joy? This may require some exploration, but what did you do when you were a little kid that brought a smile on your face? Did you used to go horseback riding? Walk outside in a garden? Whatever it may be, write it down. This list doesn't mean that you have to do them every day. It's just to make you aware that there are things in the world that do make you feel alive. If you are able to do something you enjoy at least once a week, do it and help yourself feel alive in that moment. You have to behave the way you want to feel before you feel the way you are behaving! It's about opening yourself up to a new experience, or something that you stopped doing. Try to discover what it feels like to look or feel differently from the "not enoughness" you have been putting into your head for a long time now. When you start doing this you will launch yourself back into aliveness! -


What should I write about?

Writing helps clarify feelings. Choose a topic each day, and let your mind go. Start writing words. And follow your feelings.

•Did something happen to you today that made you upset or joyful?
•What did you discover about yourself or the world?
•Is there something from the past that you wish you could take back or do over to make it right?
•What are your needs?
•What are your desires?
•What are you most afraid of doing?
•What are you afraid of not doing?
•What are you curious about?
•What issues are unresolved for you?
•What do you love to do, experience, and feel?
•What kinds of things in your life do you want to build on?
•Find a photo or an image. What does it make you feel?

So what this all means is that I need to reinvent myself and get back on track. I will be using the Oprah resource to help me take my life back to where I am happy with myself fully!

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