I enjoy writing. When I’m troubled about something, I’ll do a “dear diary” type letter to myself. Many times the process of putting my thoughts on paper allows me to evaluate a situation and, if not come up with a solution, at least have the facts laid out in front of me to clarify my thoughts.
I’ve enjoyed the challenge of posting a weekly journal as part of my UB BT requirement. I’ve found myself being much more aware of my surroundings, my interactions with others, even more aware of my thoughts because I knew I was going to have to find something to write about each week.
I have not posted a journal in over a month (maybe more, I’m afraid to look). I had good intentions, and have even started a few. All I can say was that I just wasn’t in the mood. I know Tom has said each journal entry does not have to be an inspiring masterpiece, but anything I would have posted in the last month would have been along the lines of “I’m writing this because I am supposed to, but I don’t have anything to say.”
I think I’ve been suffering from thought fatigue. I just have not had the internal strength to take the seed of an idea and flesh it out.
But what I have done is read the journal entries of my students and my fellow UBBT team members. You guys have kept me inspired and motivated when I was out of motivational “gas”.
For me, one of the greatest benefits of UBBT is being able to get inside the head and hearts of our fellow team members. What’s cool is that you do not have to be a member of the UBBT to have access to this incredible resource. When I’m feeling empty, I go to the UBBT journal site to get recharged.