I’m an advocate of journaling. I do it every morning. A highlight of each new year for me is to begin a new journal. Daily I write my feelings that day, I keep track of life’s events and milestones and document it if there is something I need to member has happened or needs to happen.
Now that I’m cleaning out not only my folks’ house but my little farm house as well, I’ve come across some old journals. I thought I’d read thru them. Yesterday I began reading the year 2000. Apparently my life wasn’t so great then. As I read the pages I began to see a pattern of frustration, fear, depression and mostly sadness.
Things high on the list of worry for me were written there. Things that hurt me more than I want to remember were written there.
But, as I continued reading I began to see a pattern that has become my mantra for life. I continually wrote that no matter what trial I faced; God would protect me and mine. That hasn’t changed. I still believe it, and looking back to the year 2000 and comparing it to now, I clearly see that I was right. I still am.
My practice in tough times is to remind myself that one year from that day of trouble I will not remember what is troubling me. That practice has always proven true. As I read that journal yesterday I recalled that I had forgotten such a sad time.
I have been told time and again that my image is one of a woman in control. Not true folks! I have my worry, sadness, anxiety and times of depression just like anyone else.
Prayer and action is the key. I am not afraid to work hard and push forward. Sometimes I’m afraid of failures but so be it. If I fall on my face, I’ll get up.
Prayer and action means just what it says. We can pray forever, but God likes to see us do our part. In the end, we can say Life is Good Today.■
— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a publicist, speaker, and life coach. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.