Using words in writing to entertain, tell narratives, uplift, educate, and delight are just one side of the silver coin; there is however another aspect of writing… “therapy.” Writing to analyze thoughts, coordinate plans, and for thinking through deep concerns helps us to better know who we are and how to live well in our own skin.
This form of writing can help us process thoughts and find out “the who, what, when, where and how” of our concerns.
- Who am I, and/or who do I aim to be?
- What is the concern I’m dealing with?
- When does/did this concern happen?
- Where did I first notice it?
- Why did it happen?
- How am I going to work on the problem?
Asking ourselves these questions and then using writing therapy to work through our answers will help us to see any patterns that pop up. At this point we can take measures to tweak or change those things needed for us to grow, and know ourselves better. Read this article for more steps and practices: Psychology Today.
Most of us have a blind side. And to our surprise when someone points it out to us, the options of changing this “something” through the writing therapy process are greater. Using this practice gives us the ability to choose what to change, learn to accept who we are, and how to live well in our own skin. Others may not like the changes they see, but it’s not about them. This is our journey. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t take wise council…but ultimately it is up to us.
Observing ourselves through practices in writing is good.
Introspection is good. As William Godwin quotes:
“The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”
Developing a sense of self-confidence in ourselves, and what we are about, will benefit us, as well as others. We have a better sense of who we are, and the direction we want to take in life, and in our writing careers. It also shines a spotlight on the paths we have to choose from. Writing therapy may seem simple, but this method can help us.
As children we learned kindness and compassion for others. We also need kindness and compassion for ourselves. When we are our best selves, then we can give the best of ourselves to others, in writing and in life. Writing therapy helps you carry this out. Here’s to us all finding the skin we love and living well in it.
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