One of the things we’re doing for our “It’s Never Too Late” class is to do what are called Morning Pages. You write three pages every morning of whatever is in your head. The idea is to get rid of things that are bugging you or weighing you down so you can have a better day.
Chris is big on journaling and has been for many years. She has piles of notebooks. But I’m a photographer and words don’t appeal to me like that. I think in pictures. If I could fill three pages with pictures, that would be easy. But I am trying the writing, and it’s turning out better than I thought.
I didn’t think writing/journalling would end up being so good and healthy for me. I am finding when I’m writing my morning pages, I’m not nearly as harsh on myself during the day. My negative self-talker stays quiet. It’s like that negative Should Monster only stays in my head and can’t flow out through my hand as I write. His voice never comes out, which tells me that what he’s saying isn’t real.
Or maybe my writing is sending the Should Monster away. I don’t know, but it’s working.
I’ve been amazed at how upbeat my writing is, and I’m not trying to be. It’s just happening that way. I’m seeing my normal, real content self.
Now that is the biggest reason to do morning pages. You don’t have to join the class to do them. Just grab a pen and some paper and get the mess out of your head every morning. You’ll be glad you did. It’s amazing.