The year is 2030. Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! They kept yelling. Looking back from the couch he was seated on, he turned and answered his children. The kids went on to ask him to share the story of the global pandemic that happened in 2020. Luckily for the children, their father had kept a journal of what transpired in that season from which the kids were able to learn what went on, how decisions were made, how new organizations came to be, the ingenuity and kindness of the human race and ultimately how we came together to defeat a common enemy putting aside superficial differences we had created over time. If you are not journaling yet about your own experience during this period, please start writing down your thoughts because writing is a powerful exercise.
When it comes to achieving goals, studies upon studies have shown the relationship between writing your goals and success. In a study by Mark Murphy titled the gender gap and goal setting, people with vividly described and written goals are anywhere from 1.2 to 1.4 times of successfully achieving those goals. As trivial as it may seem, writing has significant and scientifically-proven benefits that can turn chaos into order in the most basic sense particularly during a period as this that does not happen every time.
Writing gives you a record of the past. The faintest pain they say is better than the sharpest memory. Life is a roller coaster. There are a lot of twists and turns, lots of excitement, and plenty of bumps along the way. Writing down your thoughts and feelings provides a record of your experiences that you might otherwise have forgotten. Reading back through this record is not just captivating—it also provides a valuable insight into your thought process and emotional life.
Writing helps you to process your emotions. Writing down what’s on our mind is a great way to work through inner conflict or process your feelings around a specific situation. It’s similar to talking a situation through with a friend, except it’s a useful way of strengthening your self-soothing abilities and enhancing your self-knowledge. According to the American Medical Association, stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Fortunately, writing things down is one way to help significantly reduce all of that. It’s also a form of release or therapy whenever you’re feeling angry, depressed, or overwhelmed.
Writing helps you clear your mind. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and finally amongst other many benefits of writing, it helps you stay committed and develops within you a sense of gratitude especially in a time as this. You can’t recall everything that happened this period if you don’t write it down. This is a golden opportunity to pass down learning’s and your thoughts to generations coming behind you. Should a pandemic break out again when we are gone, that will have somewhere to look for and learned how we dealt with it just like writings from the 1918 pandemic is helping us at the moment. If you are not already keeping a journal, please, start keeping one that you can pass on to your children.