Journaling is not new. Blogging is a new form of journaling. For those of us right brainers journaling in color or even without words is also effective. I have been using this quick way to process my daily emotions for awhile now. When I listened to the Dateline special on Randy Pausch I especially liked the questions he asked his children at night. “What was the worst part about today? and then, What was the best part about today?”
I ask myself these same questions, only I answer in color:
What was the worst part of my day?
What was the best part of my day?
How am I feeling right now?
What is my hope for tomorrow?
It is a very quick way to get your emotions of the day out onto paper. Sometimes I write at the bottom what I was expressing and sometimes I just put the colors down, there is no “right” way to do it. I like oil pastels as they blend when one color goes over another, but you can use colored pencils, markers or crayons. It is more about the process than the end result. The most important thing is just to express your emotions. This method can even work with small children. I used to take my sketchbook to chemo with me. I usually could not read words for very long after the chemicals started as they induced migraines, but it helped to just express myself with c o l o r.
After I read Nicole’s post today… I thought they could all use a few minutes with some color to express their stress of the day…..