How has journaling helped you reflect during a challenging time?

As I completed the 14 questions over the past 2 weeks I reviewed what I recorded in my Journal (#77) and want to share my top 10 reflections:

1- I typically journal daily without any questions to prompt my reflections so I usually just record what’s top of mind at the moment or something I’m actively thinking about. My responses coincided with my daily Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments where I would lay in an Oxygen chamber for 2 hours and 10 minutes at 100% oxygen and that gave me the incredible luxury of thinking about my responses for a very concentrated period of time as I completed 21 treatments.

2- I am able to look back upon the Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments and doctors appointments and feel thankful for the generosity and kindness of these heroes facing the medical predicament of their lifetime. These individuals took time and energy towards my healing, and continue to selflessly work with unrelenting love and passion to tackle CV19. They are the real inspirational heros!

3-During the Fortnight I received so many really great cards from so many really great friends which made my day. One of my favorite quotes was from my good friend Kathy- “One day you will tell your story of how you overcame went you went through- and it will be someone else’s survival guide.”

4-I learned once again that every challenge has a beginning, middle and and end. This gives me hope that the impact of CV19 will end some day.

5-Yoga every morning with Barb helps set such a great mood for the rest of the day. The use of deliberate breathing has been very meditative as I learned the box method that has 4 parts for 4 minutes each: Inhale, Hold, Exhale, Do nothing.

6-I learned that watching too much news all day is a bad way to get your news and not healthy if you are stressed all day. My new mantra on news watching is “once in the morning, once at night, stay at home and it will be all right.”

7-I’ve learned that there really is a silver lining in every challenging situation and once you see it you just can’t squander the opportunity to use the time for deeper reflection. Remember the quote from Winston Churchill: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity and the optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”

8-There are so many innovative ways that people have created to socialize. One of my favorites is to visit your friends in a parking lot and have your vehicles 6 ft apart. I have also been part of a few Zoom happy hours and that was a lot of fun!

9- That we all have the ability to choose. In the ratio of physical distancing over emotional distancing, we have to abide by the social/physical distancing guidelines, but we can either choose to stay emotionally connected or not! It’s your choice.

10-I am so glad I did this and I’d like to wrap up these 14 reflections by sharing one more quote that really helps me get through the incredible journey I have been on for the past 2 years:

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.”~Harriett Beecher Stowe

I hope you all enjoyed the Fortnight of reflections.

Reflectively Yours,

Bob