Creativity

Journal prompt: Theme word

I want to share a journal prompt that I think is really neat. It’s easy and can be completed in as little as 5 minutes, but it spans a week (or longer, if you like).

I found this prompt in Kathleen Adams’ Journal to the Self.

>>> Prompt:

Pick a ‘theme word’ for a week, or longer if you prefer. Susannah Conway chooses a theme word to guide her through each year, which I think is a really cool idea.

For this prompt, you are going to journal each day for 5-15 minutes about how you experienced your theme word that day. If you were to choose a guiding word for the year, you may journal each week, or check in each month.

focus-on-happiness

My word for this week is happiness, to get me focusing on the little things that bring me joy as I head back into work.

Some other examples of theme words are:

  • Calm
  • Passion
  • Change
  • Loneliness
  • Confusion
  • Love
  • Patience
  • Faith
  • Gratitude
  • Anger
  • Inspiration
  • Acceptance

You can really choose any word you like. My word for last year was perseverance. It served me well. Interestingly, I didn’t consciously choose a guiding word this year, but I have felt drawn to the words faith and courage over and over again.

What word will you choose as a theme word this week/month? Have you ever chosen a guiding word for the year, and has it made a difference?

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