In our unfolding enough, we move from the fears of entering God’s presence to the fears we face of being misunderstood by both Him and the world.
Journaling is good for the soul. The spiritual practice of journaling helps us to connect to God and ourselves by physically moving thoughts and emotions from head to hand, mind to paper. Recent studies show journaling can strengthen self-discipline, improve communication, help those who suffer from anxiety and depression, and provide the route to emotional, physical, and psychological healing. It allows us to freely express emotions, troubles, and joys without the worry of another’s response by alleviating the fear of being misunderstood.
Read the following quotes:
Nowadays, saying what you really think can be a serious error since one risks being misunderstood.
You have to put up with the risk of being misunderstood if you are going to try to communicate.
Hey there, weird kid in your high-top shoes
Sitting in the back of the class, I was just like you
Always left out, never fit in
Owning that path you’re walking in
Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Return to the quote or quotes that catch your attention. The one which speaks to your heart in some way. Use the following questions to write a journal entry. No need to worry about sentence structure or punctuation. Just write what comes to mind.
- Was there a time in your life you felt completely misunderstood?
- Is there someone in your world who never gets you?
- When do you feel out of place? never fitting in?