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July 19, 2018

Write and Revisit

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Do you ever feel like something happens and it is the end of the world, only to realize a few days, weeks, or months later, it wasn’t as big of a deal as you thought?  It’s human nature and you’re not alone, it happens all the time.  And I’ll admit, those emotions feel very real, but there are things you can do to make them more manageable in that moment.  

Try to write down your issue so you can revisit it at a later date, or as I call it, “Write and Revisit”.  This came up in a podcast interview I was in recently, and I wanted to take this time to share my thoughts in full.

The Write and Revisit Method works because the physical action of writing your concern down addresses the issue face on, as you are actively working through it. This then operates in two ways.  First, when you reread the problem immediately, you can look at it more objectively because at that point it has been removed from yourself, and you may already feel better about the situation. Second, and what I prefer to do, is I write down the issue in my journal “The Happiness Project”, ensuring that I am going to reread that segment in a years time. This puts everything into perspective and reminds me that time and life will go on regardless of this issue, which helps me move beyond it.  

Write and Revisit doesn’t have to be in year long spurts. It can be done in the amount of time feels right to you. What is important is that you write it with the intent to revisit it. So, with the next end-of-the-world event you face, try the “Write and Revisit” Method, and see how it makes you feel.

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