“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
― A. A. Milne
When was the last time you paused and took stock of all the things that are right about you? All the things that are working, and just how much is going right?
This was the first thing I did with my patients when I worked in the psych ward.
“Tell me what’s working.”
“Tell me something that’s going well for you.”
Or I’d ask,
“Tell me what you really appreciate about yourself.”
While the patient stared back at me, mouth open but words not forthcoming, I hoisted up their medical chart, usually a few inches thick, and continued,
“I’ve already read your chart, so I know what’s the matter with you.”
“So let’s begin with what’s right with you. This is where we’ll start building something new.”
Sometimes we need to remember just how well we’re doing, how brave we are, how strong, and how smart, too.
What if we gave ourselves more credit, more often?
What if we focused on the good. Really amplified that?
Let’s try it and see what happens.
What’s right with you?
Today’s Journal Prompts
I am brave because…
I am strong because…
I am smart because…
I could also give myself more credit for…
For your creative journey…
The Creative Sketchbook shows you how to create magnificent mixed-media art journals as a contemplative practice. It’s the foundational course required for more in-depth study and the facilitator training.
No experience in art or writing is necessary to attend any of my workshops. Absolute beginners are welcome! I’d be honored to be your creative journey guide.
If you’re up for some long form essay today, refill your beverage of choice and read Heart-Shaped Maps: Courage. Daring. Love. Connection.
I lost one of my dearest creative soul friends unexpectedly, and it took me years to write about it.
3,748 words that are almost too intimate to share online. But that’s my creative edge (making stuff like this visible) so I force myself to do it. Then hit publish. Then leave it online.
It all begins with daring takes you inside in my visual journal,on the eve of this FIRE: 30 Day Journal Project. This is what was on my mind.
Facing the blank page can be intimidating. So I wrote this piece to help you get started:
Inside you’ll find an image from my own sketchbook (where I do my journaling), plus ideas on how to work with prompts in your journal, and… a few more prompts.