One thing I always make sure to tell my audience, when I am delivering a motivational & inspirational speech in order to increase their self-esteem and self-confidence, is that each and every single person can express their feelings by writing.
All it takes is a pen, piece of paper, and one’s imagination and innermost thoughts.
Actually, in this internet age, the pen and paper aren’t even necessary anymore, so it makes this “task” even easier!
For me, writing “Jew in Jail” (out by hand, incidentally) while serving my sentence in prison was incredibly therapeutic, at a time in my life when I was so down on myself for the situation I created.
It afforded me the opportunity to become introspective and reveal to myself why I had been acting out and behaving the way I was for so long, as well as figure out what caused my addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling in the first place, which led to my arrest and incarceration for robbery.
Since returning home a free man in 2004, I have been busy promoting “Jew in Jail,” speaking at drug treatment programs, hospital detoxes, jails, schools, and anywhere else people need to hear an uplifting story of redemption.
The one constant I continuously maintain when I speak is the importance for humans to release their feelings, which, for me, is best served through writing.
Writing is one activity that doesn’t punch a time clock, allows the participant to be his or her own boss, costs nothing but time, and has the potential to affect so many people’s lives in a positive way.
While I am not knocking good old fashioned conversation, I feel writing has one major advantage that the former doesn’t, which is the ability to go back days, weeks, months, or even years later and reread what has been written to chart one’s progress and discover if anything beneficial became of putting those aforementioned thoughts down on paper or computer screen.
Writing is also very personal, so whether you call it a diary, journal, or anything else, give it a try.
Your brain is chock full of thoughts, feelings, emotions and ideas, many of which you might not even realize you have, unless you sit down and unleash them one word at a time.
I’m sure you possess the “write” stuff inside of you, waiting to come out, so don’t delay.
Your skills and talents need to be showcased at once.
Plus, who knows – you just may have the next best seller at your fingertips!