JOURNAL writing is a microcosm of life. And as with anything else in life, it pays to be persistent and to continue working toward your goals. Persistence requires continuing to move forward in spite of occasional discouragement or setbacks.
When it comes to journaling, we all become disenchanted or discouraged with our practice from time to time. In my case, it may have been because I looked back through my previous weeks’ whining writing and judged myself as juvenile immature. At other times, just because life got in the way, I wasn’t able to maintain my usual writing schedule, and had to rethink my workload. And, as with physical fitness, once you get out of the habit of working out regularly, it takes concerted effort to regain your previous level of fitness.
When these things happen, take them in stride. Like anything else in life, your journal writing may ebb and flow with the times. But as long as you continue to persist (that is, persist to persist), you will, without doubt, enjoy the many benefits of an ongoing journal writing practice.
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