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“The goal of journaling ought to be exploring thoughts and feelings, not beauty and profundity. That may come later, but the first goal is healing.”

This quote is from an article written by Michael J. Cain, a freelance writer and volunteer at Fort Bragg, N.C., who teaches therapeutic journaling to soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Read the complete article here.

I think anyone can benefit from Mr. Cain’s advice. I really like his idea of making a list of what causes stress and then breaking each into the component parts. Tackling each part makes sense; easily digestible chunks that turn that wall into a stepping stone. In a larger sense we are all Warriors in Transition, one stone at a time.

Photo taken by me in Jasper, Alberta, Canada in 2009.

Photo taken by me in Jasper, Alberta, Canada in 2009.