Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream is a pre-school song we all learned that evolved over the years to our singing it with others; singing in a round with each voice beginning at a different time and ending with “life is but a dream”.
The song made me think about learning to row a boat. It’s difficult to learn how to use both oars at the same time in order to go straight. Even if we use one oar at a time they have to be timed just right so we don’t end up going around in circles. We have to learn little by little, one step at a time, with patience and practice to get it just right.
The process of trying anything new is no different; always a challenge that takes patience and a time investment. A positive result happens more often than not depending on the effort we put forth. Playing the piano the first time sounds nothing like it does after a month of practice or six months after that.
Journaling is no different. Picking up a pencil or crayon and putting thoughts or feelings on a blank piece of paper is no different. Looking inward can be daunting. What will we find? Are we hiding something from ourselves? Is that even possible?
Time, practice and continuing the journaling process is an insightful journey. The results open up a world for continued self-exploration. A gift to yourself that continues on.
Back to “row, row, row your boat … life is but a dream”. Is life a good dream or closer to a nightmare? The Color Outside The Lines(c) healing journal provides a kick-starter “because statement” on the top of each page. You don’t have to stare at a blank page!