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Using a Journal for Reflection: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Feb 13

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I write to keep things. These blogs provide a way that I can look back and make sense of things. When I am done writing, I have a sense of peace and optimism about moving forward.  Today, I ponder my Peacock Collage. Peacock feathers pop up in my work fairly often. They remind me of my mom and my sister from my eyes as a child. This is my way to reflect and then to move forward with new understanding.

I recently sent my sister an email with some pictures of my artwork. I wanted her to make sure that the things I had painted would find a proper home: hopefully in my home someday. My mom is still alive, surrounded by her things, so this is a good thing. It’s not time to say goodbye to her, her home or her things. But, when she passes on, I want to be able to look back. It would be really wonderful to place the things I have painted right next to their inspirations. This will help me move on without too much grief about what I have lost and can’t get back. My paintings, the special things I remember and the words I share about them will help me grieve.

I write to keep things. These blogs provide a way that I can look back and make sense of things. When I am done writing, I have a sense of peace and optimism about moving forward.  Today, I ponder my Peacock Collage. Peacock feathers pop up in my work fairly often. They remind me of my mom and my sister from my eyes as a child. These two people had flair and a mystique that made them fascinating to me. I was proud of how different they were from the other moms and sisters I knew. We were no ordinary family. That’s why the peacock feathers are in my paintings. They decorated my house while “normal” families had ordinary flowers in their vases. I consider how much I deviate from the norm. I am an eccentric just like my sister and my mom. What I write today makes me proud of this. I will move forward in confidence and remember that I must never be ashamed of not being ordinary.

Consider writing about something you remember. Use what you reflect on as an impetus to move forward in a new and better way. We can learn to look back and then move forward together. I invite you to share what you learn with us here at JourneyOnCanvas Blog.


Peacock Feather, Age 46


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Journey on Canvas is a spiritual autobiography and spiritual journaling site. The Journey on Canvas Blog will give you ideas for your spiritual journal and give you opportunities to share your spiritual story. This blog is also a place to find hope on your journey. Read, blog with me, and enjoy! 


Tears for Dancing, Age 42 

The older I get the less I think about what I can get out of this life. Bad things happen here on Earth and no one is immune. I see my parents suffering, I watch terrible things happen to my friends and I see catastrophic events that create hell on Earth. Revelation 21:4 promises that someday God will wipe every tear from our eyes and the old order of things will pass away. I’m beginning to think that this promise isn’t so far away: it’s just waiting for us at the next stop. Maybe when we die we trade our tears for dancing and enter Heaven. Until then, I'm going to paint, I'm going to write, and I'm going to share when I find hope in this life. That's why I'm here at Journey on Canvas.

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