Sep 18

Pen and Paper: A Journaling Prompt about What You Hide

Welcome to this month’s Pen & Paper: Living Between the Lines written by the amazing Hope Wallace Karney. To learn more about Hope and the column, please check out the announcement post!

I have been reading Andrea Polard’s book, A Unified Theory of Happiness: An East-Meets-West Approach to Fully Loving Your Life, and am really enjoying all the journaling prompts I am discovering inside.

One exercise that caught my interest was at the end of a section on confidence. It asks you to explore your feelings. Polard asks a main question question and a few related to it to get you to a certain revelation, but even out of context I think the main question is great and wanted to share it. I also came up with some follow up questions for us to play with in our journals.

The Main Question:

What would happen if everybody could see the part of you that you usually try to keep private?

From here, explore what that part of you is, and why you try to keep it private. Do you have more than one part of you which you keep hidden? Is there anyone you let see it without even making an effort to show it? Are there people, or groups of people, you are extra careful not to let that part of you be exposed? Why? Do you wish you could share all of yourself, or do you like having a part that is kept hidden?

image: ali edwards

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Jacqueline Boone September 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

This is exactly what I needed to see today, Carolyn! Thanks for posting!

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