Nightmares can wake us from a dead sleep like nothing else! Some so vivid you’d think they were real, some so terrifying you don’t want to go back to sleep for fear of their return. Sometimes, though, writing about them can make them a little less scary and take them from where they lurk in the dark corners of our minds and into the light of day.
Write about a terrifying nightmare. What did you do to sooth yourself? What about it made it so frightening?
As a child, some of the best times with my Grandfather was spent preparing the garden for planting or harvesting the garden in September. I still remember the feeling of the sun-warmed dirt between my toes as I dug my feet in as low as I could to feel the cool, moist ground beneath as I picked peppers and corn. I remember sitting with him in the shade of the big Maple to snap yellow beans, fresh from the garden that day, into a pot for dinner. That sound is still one of my favourites today, reminding me of my Grandfather and those delicious beans smothered in butter!
Write about a childhood memory that brings you joy.
I’ve recently been reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s about the behavioural science and psychology around creating habits and why some are easier to form – good or bad – and why some just don’t seem to stick.
Write about one habit you find difficult to make stick in your life.
Why do you think it’s so difficult to form? What could you do to help that habit along?
Sleeping in your workout clothes? Buying on easy snack to keep on your that will help you fend off cravings of things you’re trying to avoid?
Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, said in a podcast with Matt D’Avella (April 2019):
“If you don’t prioritize your life someone else will do it for you.”
Write about your top 3 life priorities. Why are they important to you? How will you benefit from prioritizing or making time for the things that you value most in your life, whether that’s family, career or education goals or living a healthier life?