Now Christmas is over for another year……. We’ve cleared the drive of snow so we can get out again into the world – over 2 feet of snow requires a lot of shovelling!
The post-Christmas world is a tidying-up time and perhaps a time for reviewing:
What were the highlights of 2011 for you? Write whatever comes to mind.
On a larger scale, reviewing the narrative of our lives can be a fascinating exercise. Daniel Siegel says:
It is essential for all people in the healing arts to care for themselves – which includes creating a coherent narrative of their own lives.
It seems to me that restoring our own narratives can help us with our lives whether we are in the helping professions or not – and of course I believe that journal writing (or expressive writing) is a significant way of doing this.
Siegel suggests a list of questions (adapted from the Adult Attachment Interview) such as:
What was growing up in your home like?
Who was in your home with you?
Think of 5 words that reflect your earliest recollection of your childhood relationship with your mother/father/grandparent. Then think of an example of a memory which connects to that word.
If that seems too big a task (and it does require plenty of time) give yourself 15 minutes on:
What are your memories of childhood Christmas?
Grating nutmeg suddenly seemed to evoke the smell of family Christmas here.
……and finally: did you get any good books for Christmas?
have you got a new journal ready for the New Year?