Friday, February 19, 2010
The Healing Power of the Written Word
Good morning, everyone. I've got one thing to say today. TGIF!!!! Not that it will be a restful weekend; I'll be slaving over the stove tomorrow, but, at least, I will be able to spend the day in my home.
"Turn another page. Write something every day. If you don't know how to spell, make it up, draw pictures or doodle. Write something good that happened today. Writing is like talking to someone who is not there"--Mary Chloe Schoolcraft Saunders
I've noticed that many of us in "blogland" have been going through some emotional upheavels recently, and I think it is great when we can share our feelings. Writing has always been a source of healing for me, and I have kept journals for years. For me, writing has been a pathway to spiritual and psychological wholeness. When I was young, I found that writing was one way I had for caring for myself, or feeling safe when I was lonely and scared. And when I was trying to find myself and working through a series of difficult, emotionally abusive relationships, I found that pen and paper was a gentle therapist, one that led me through my grief and pain. Writing opens our minds and hearts to things that are deep inside of us, and allows us to bring up memories that are buried deep within...both the good and bad, the forgotten joys, and understanding and forgiveness not only for those who have hurt us in the past, but also for ourselves.
Let's face it, writing is very therapeutic, and what I really find great is that blogs are like journals, and many who probably have never kept a journal are now experiencing the healing power of the written word. I'm grateful that regular blogging has become a part of my life...and for the wonderful people who have become such an important part of my life.