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Journal: March 6, 2009 
6th-Mar-2009 10:39 am
A while ago, linda_joyce posted something about the value of journalling.

Twenty years ago, University of Texas psychologist James Pennebaker concluded that students who wrote about their most meaningful personal experiences for 15 minutes a day several days in a row felt better, had healthier blood work, and got higher grades in school. But a new study from the University of Missouri shows that a few minutes of writing will also suffice.

I thought I'd take a stab at it. Don't know how long I will keep it up for. I could certainly stand feeling better. Everything's been blah and depressing. About the only thing that keeps me relatively on the right side of happy is writing and my friends, both online and off.

So this is just a stream of consciousness thing, basically for my own sanity than anything else.

Of course, the problem is finding something meaningful to write about. Most days I go about not doing much that I would consider meaningful or thinking deep thoughts. I wish I did.

Not surprisingly, my main activity outside of work is writing. Sometimes when I've made people smile because of what I've been writing or have entertained them in some way, it does make this crazy, obsessive activity, seem more meaningful rather than just something I do for my own enjoyment.

When I started writing, it was really for myself. It's something I love doing. But its become more than that. Writing has put me in touch with a wonderful group of people with similar interests. Its great to be able to talk about the characters we love, to have passionate debates, to be silly and to share everyday things. I've come to love the dynamic of it, both interaction with people who respond to what I write and through online conversations.

There is also the community of characters who seemed to have come alive and taken up residence in my head sometimes. They are amusing and frustrating at times. Sometimes both at the same time.

I don't know...is that meaningful enough for today? Maybe I'll just start off slow.

The significant thing today is going to see the doctor. I had to take a work-day-at-home because she asked me to come in to see her today. I had a pelvic ultrasound done a couple of weeks ago. Its probably nothing. The last time a doctor asked me to come in after test results, it was nothing more than telling me that my cholesterol level was borderline.

EDIT: Well, I'm back from the doctor. Nothing majorly alarming just some things she wants to continue checking. I have another test scheduled in May.
Twin Souls
6th-Mar-2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
What a great idea - maybe I will do similar.

I love your writing - and forgive me for my lack of commenting, terrible, as I love to receive something when I dare to scribble.

I know that you must have concerns about the doctor - but hopefully will turn out to be just an "all clear"

*hugs* Kal
6th-Mar-2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks =) I'll post results later. Hopefully it'll be nothing.

Don't worry about not commenting. I don't expect people to. I just enjoy it when they do.
6th-Mar-2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
I can't help being reminded of that line in "Horizon" Your headaches are from the same source as Vila's stomach cramps and Avon's back pains:

Your pelvic area, Entropy's shoulder, Linda's knees, my blood pressure. We're turning into a bunch of crocks.

Glad it's nothing too major.
6th-Mar-2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Too much stress and not very much rest or things to make us happy. =P
7th-Mar-2009 10:57 am (UTC)
The journalling is a fabulous idea. I think I'd like to try something like that too.
8th-Mar-2009 01:42 am (UTC)
I should do this because I could do with feeling a lot healthier and happier, but I'm a shy type who doesn't like to reveal too much. Does it work as well if you write it down and don't publish? I write a 5-page letter to Tessa after she died and felt somewhat better for it.
8th-Mar-2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Yes, I am too. I have a limit with what I will share about myself personally. So I will share about my workplace but will not say which company it is or give names. Any extremely TMI things I will also not share.

I imagine that the journalling works regardless of whether you publish it or not. It's just the idea of putting your thoughts down and focusing time each day thinking about something meaningful or expressing how you feel that's important.

I've decided to publish mine because it would be nice to have a dialogue with other people having similar experiences. Establishing a community, if you will.
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