Saving Your Life

“Letting go helps us to to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. It allows others to be responsible for themselves and for us to take our hands off situations that do not belong to us. This frees us from unnecessary stress.”
― Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie has been such an important role model for me and countless others that deal with addiction and co-dependence.

She has a great page on Facebook with daily meditations. Today’s meditation struck me because I’m an avid journaller, I talk about that a lot here and in my book, This Way Up. In Beattie’s post, she talks about ‘Saving Your Life’ through journalling, such a great double entendre.  I know that journalling has saved my life, or at least my sanity, on more than one occasion.  Not to mention, I am saving my life, though words, a snapshop of my experience daily.

Beattie discusses why journalling is important to her:

Are you saving your life by writing about it in a journal?

Sometimes I use a file in my computer for my journal. If I’m rambling, ranting, or raving—writing something that could embarrass me if seen—I lock the file with a code. My words in my journal, whether it’s in a computer or a green Italian notebook, are meant only for me.

There are many ways to write in a journal. We can go on and on about whatever comes to us. That’s helpful, especially if we’re stuck. We can use our journal as a record, writing down what we did that day. It’s a good place to write our goals and to explore our fantasies and dreams.

We can write poems or short stories. We can write letters to God or our Guardian Angel, asking for advice. Or we can just say what happened each day, and then write how it feels.

People may think there’s a right and wrong way to write in a journal, but I don’t agree. There aren’t any rules about journals. It’s just a way to record and save our lives.

Do you think your life is worth saving? I do. If you’ve been neglecting to do that, ask yourself “why?”

God, help me be aware of and respect the details of my life.

Activity: Transfer your goal list to a journal, and begin writing your responses to the meditations and the activities as part of your journal entry for each day. Use your journal as a logbook, to record what you’re doing and whom you’re doing it with as you pursue your dreams. Or use it as a way of exploring how you feel, who you are, and what you want to do. Save your life in whatever way makes sense to you.

Such a great reminder to me, and I hope to you too, to journal today and everyday if possible.

I want to close with a video of Beattie discussing Addiction and Codependency.  I love her messages, they really hit home.  This vid is part 1 of 3; if you find it useful or interesting, I hope you take the time to watch all 3. Such valuable information on the subject.



I’d love to hear about why you journal and how it helps you; and would love your thoughts of the video. And as always thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.




7 thoughts on “Saving Your Life

  1. Oh yes. I always say writing, journaling, blogging, has saved me $1000’s in therapy. I started with handwritten journals in whatever I could find to write. Recording things I felt no one would ever believe. Then transferred that to the computer, an now actually do a lot of it on my WP blog. I feel like publishing it makes me accountable. I have to really think things through and cone to what’s the truth for me, if I actually want to be taken seriously. I have learned what it means to stand in my story, as Brene Brown tells us we need to do. And also, to always try to understand the bigger life lesson in every situation, good or bad.

    Great post. Saving lives and sanity. 😊🌺

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    • I never wrote much handwritten journals, but once I started blogging, I felt like it helped me, too, in staying accountable. I also used to do morning pages (from “The Artist’s Way”) and found that that really helped clear my mind. To clear away the negativity in order to see (As you put it, “the bigger life lesson in every situation”.

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      • Marie Therese – Hi – good to hear from you! I always write with pen and paper – I like the visceral feel of writing. It does something to my brain. And like you, since I’m a blogger online, it helps to have the journalling as a personal outlet. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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      • You’re welcome! …Yes, I’m sure the physical act of writing- something so ancient-triggers something within us. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. I have just started my blog and find a lot of benefit from the writing . Even though I use the daily prompt as inspiration it is usually something meaningful to me that I write about. So much of addiction is avoidance and repression of feelings. Writing and the arts let you begin to open the door. Great post!

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    • Thank you so much for commenting. YES! I know – so much about addiction is avoidance and total repression. That’s why I drank to be numb. Writing it out helps take the chaos out of my head spill it on to paper. Thanks for commenting!

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