Daily Stoic Entry #21: What Am I Getting Out of My Journaling Ritual?

January 21st, 2022

Follow along with my personal daily stoic journal, unfiltered, unedited (except for some spelling mistakes).

Morning Reflection:

I'm not sure I can put my finger on it. I like writing but I'm not sure if I'm not prolonging some issues by engaging with them. Like picking at a scab, it won’t heal faster that way. People say it helps writing it out to get it out of your head. It becomes less present that way, which I can see. Another thing I do know is that I think it's important to engage with these prompts, most people would never ask these questions of themselves. So, I suppose that it's good if you also act.

Evening Reflection:

I realized one of the things I can get out of it. It forces you to slow down for just a moment. Rather than be distracted you are forced to slow down and gather your thoughts and formulate them coherently on paper. The exact benefit at the moment is sometimes unclear, unlike the feeling after the gym, but in a way it can be similar. You only really learn what you're thinking about when you take the time to present it on paper.

Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.



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