The number of folks that I run into online who don’t seem to enjoy their own company is shocking. I see folks looking to others – to strangers – for direction and comfort and coddling and advice and support – and the lists goes on. Why don’t these people look to themselves for their own answers? Why do they just assume that someone they don’t even know knows what’s better for them than they do? I don’t get it.
I’ve been keeping journals since I was five years and I had a little revelation this morning about the perks of writing in a diary. By writing down – whatever – for the past 46 years, I’ve gotten to know myself a little bit. When I journal – it’s just me and the empty page and a pen. There’s no one there to have a reaction to what I’m saying, which opens up the door for me to be genuine and authentic. I can just jot down what’s on my mind and get it out of my head.
I wonder if more people would do this, might they get to know themselves better and in turn, build more self-confidence? I for one really enjoy my own company. I think I’m funny and I talk to myself all the time. Now, I hope not to trek through the rest of my life solo because I love having a partner, but for now – I’m flying alone.
And I’m okay with this because I know that if I encounter a problem, I can find my own answer through journaling or listening to my emotions or just by staying aware of how myownself is reacting to whatever is going on. Even if I can’t put words to something, my body communicates to me by flooding me with either positive or negative messages. It offers me direction, but I have to listen to it.
I think that answers are inside us – we each have them. But a lot of us aren’t aware of this because we give our power away by going to other people instead of turning to ourselves for answers. Granted – having others in our lives to bounce stuff off of is important too, but that isn’t what I’m talking about here.
Just a thought …