Writing is a powerful tool, whether you write for a living, as I do, or not. In addition to writing books, articles and blogs, keeping a journal has helped me find my way out of tough situations in life. I’ve kept a diary since I was in my teens, though what I write about has of course changed over the years. And, I’m happy to say, I’ve changed too, and I now keep a gratitude diary instead of a journal of all my struggles.
When I separated from my husband four years ago, I went through my old diaries while I packed to move out. As I perused them, I relived the anguish of past times. I realized I mainly wrote when I was feeling down. So, those notebooks were filled with page after page of depression, confusion, fear, sadness, guilt and resentment.