Start: 5 min
Setting your words on fire
When I was trying to work out my anxiety and depression,
I used paper and pen. A lot of paper.
I found it useful to write out my anxiety, frustration, depression,
fear, sadness, and anger out on paper.
Crumple it up, usually with tears flowing down my face.
Set it in a fire safe container.
Light it on fire.
Watch as the flames slowly took my words
someplace far away from me.
When I started feeling more positive,
it was only natural for me to pick up that same paper,
and write out the future I wanted.
Paint your future
It dawned on me a few weeks in
that I didn’t want to watch my future burn and float away.
I knew I needed to keep it close.
I knew I would need to look at it again, and again, and again,
to remind myself of where I wanted to be
so I could base my decisions on that picture.
I got a pretty journal, and I began to write.
At first, it was just words on paper.
I realized, as I looked back, that didn’t always SEE
the future I had intended, the future I had written,
because I had not painted the picture.
I had not used details that would inspire me.
I learned it is necessary to really
PAINT your future.
Choose your medium
For me, I stuck with words.
Occasionally, I will draw it out in a tangle.
Sometimes the words from pictures themselves,
or are placed on a brain map of some sort.
It does not matter what medium you use,
words, paint, drawing, voice recording, video recording,
it all works.
The point is to make it as complete a picture as you can.
Use color, words, descriptions, settings, etc…
that will continue to inspire you,
long after you have forgotten the “feelings”
that prompted you to paint that future for yourself.
Stop: 5 min
Always remember as you paint your future,
God has plans far beyond what you can imagine.
While you paint your future,
ask his guidance,
pray for clarity,
and leave room in your painting
for Him to lead you.