Tell the story of a time when I overcame a major life obstacle or career challenge.
For me, journaling is an exceptionally invigorating exercise. With a fountain pen and blank book, I can retreat to the privacy of my own hidden sanctuary. There I can wrestle with tough issues, organize my thoughts and even relive the triumphant times when I was victorious in overcoming insurmountable odds. Most of my public blog posts, for example, began as embryonic ideas written just for myself during a journaling stream of consciousness.
In these journaling sessions, I’ve recalled stories of how I thrived when I was between jobs. Though the process was painful, I wouldn’t trade for anything what I learned during that time. During a job search I was able to reinvent myself and re-energize my career. Retelling those stories help me to better understand how I was led through the wilderness. That gives me hope and strength for whatever uncertainties I may face today.
I’ve also fought and overcome cancer. Being diagnoses with the “Big C” puts everything else into perspective. Being victorious in a life-and-death battle gives me courage to take on whatever might come my way.
As I remember the dramatic, defining periods of my life, I am rejuvenated. I am reminded of a favorite quote that sums everything up: “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us in the past.”
This idea was originally created as part of the Rejuvenation Project, a month-long challenge to find one actionable idea per day that could help me to 1) keep my batteries charged, 2) remain focused on career priorities and 3) rejuvenate the creative spirit.