Drag your thoughts away from your troubles…by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. – Mark Twain
I’ve always wondered about the fate of millions of inspired thoughts swirling above the heads of so many people, that will slip into oblivion, simply because time wasn’t taken to write them down.
The art of Contemplation and Journaling is a wellspring for creativity, clarity, resolution and healing.
It is the time we set aside to build the foundation of a new perspective out of existing circumstances.
While all of the 9 Strageties are written for caregivers, of course they have universal applicability. However, you and I are in a community of people who understand, tearfully at times, the enormous struggle of taking care of a Loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. We are painfully familiar with the emotional toll it takes on us and tend to forget that our lives can still be joyous and purposeful.
Where attention goes, energy flows.
Caregiving is a time when the weight of our thoughts can be crushing and it can be difficult to lift us above the challenges of our daily lives. The copious and oppressive thoughts have a way of filling our mind and pushing out all of the free space available to create new ways of seeing.
Writing is a way to create an egress for all of those burdensome thoughts to flow out into the outer world, leaving much needed precious room inside to reflect.
When the challenges and distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time, time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what is not.
It’s as easy as sitting down at the keyboard or with pen and paper, and putting one word after another.
So go ahead and fill pages and volumes with your stories as a caregiver, a mother, a father, a daughter, a son. Write down your fears and your frustrations, your dreams and your desires, your hopes for the future, your musings of the past.
If you want to improve your perspective on life and clarify issues you are dealing with, start writing in a journal.
Take 5 minutes or 30 minutes, you will be surprised, when looking back in a year from now,
in 10 years from now, at how much you’ve grown!
Eight years ago, prior to Linda being diagnosed, you never would have convinced me that I would be where I am today, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In my contemplations and writings I always allow myself to go wherever the creative energy takes me. I do not edit the process because I know, that this is my opportunity to deal with the full spectrum of my emotions. Don’t judge, just write.
I came across the following contemplation (by Shannon L. Alder) and immediately recognized it as a wonderful series of questions we could all benefit from in our evolution as people walking the caregivers path: