Thereâ€™s no way to completely eliminate petty annoyances, but you can cut back on the ones that happen over and over. â€œNo one ever tripped over Pikeâ€™s Peak,â€ my friend Mary Beth used to tell me. â€œItâ€™s the little stuff that gets you.â€ She was right. When a serious problem arises, we mobilize our defenses.
There are a variety of basic disciplines that can help you feel efficient, organized, and capable. Because there are so many circumstances over which we have no control, it is liberating to consciously take control of those we can do something about. Thatâ€™s why making the bed every morning can be such an important habit.
You certainly can do journal writing on a computer or in one of those lovely, cloth-bound blank books, but when you write in a 99Â¢ spiral notebook youâ€™re more likely to do what youâ€™re supposed to: just write. When people get fancier, they tend to worry about spelling, punctuation, and margins, which, in this context, donâ€™t matter one whit.
The journalâ€™s loftier function is in helping you sort through tangled feelings, work through dilemmas, and tap into inner resources that can be impeded when youâ€™re racking your brain to figure something out. Getting your emotions down on paper can clear the blockages that impede creativity. It can also keep you from losing your temper or sinking into self-pity.
The key to a journalâ€™s effectiveness is that you simply put pen to paper and see what you get. One of the most direct means for contacting the psyche is with a pen and paper. Writing helps you see through confusion and bring challenges down to conquerable size. It is an invaluable aid in creating a charmed life.