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monday five-minute write: name it to claim it

Happy Monday ! I meet you here, at the beginning of your week, to offer journaling ideas to inspire reflection, power, and soul in your work and life through the art of long-hand writing and soulful living. 

Words are powerful. When written, words–and the thoughts and ideas that drive them–become matter: ink-soaked wood pulp. In our heads, thoughts and ideas are immaterial–floating and fleeting. On paper, they are made visible, pinned down by ink to the material world.

I was a working-class kid from a family that never–not once–went on vacation or away for the weekend or camping or anything. “Travel” for its own sake was not possible.

Years later, in 1995, about to graduate with a degree in journalism from Madison and no clue what I wanted to do with my life, struggling in a hole of depression and semi-desperation, I asked myself, “What do I want to do with my life?”

I answered, “I want to travel. To Australia.”

I laid those words and more down on the page: “I want to travel to Australia and learn how to surf.” Before written, the statement was impossible. The moment I wrote it down and saw it there, in front of me, on the page, it became possible.

Months later, those words jumped off the page and became real.

I left for Australia in late-December, 1995 and came back home late-December, 1996. The picture in the photo above is of me on the Routeburn Track on the South Island of New Zealand. It was of the moment I realized I lived my way to and through an impossible dream.

Word are powerful. They create the story of our lives.

Writing exercise: Name it to claim it: What do you want? Begin with a new page and the date, and ask, “What do I want?” Give yourself five minutes. Get out of your way. Write.




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