Welcome to Write. Saturday! This year, on the first Saturday of every month at WCS, we’re going to be exploring different topics to journal about. There will be challenges and sometimes a little bit of edginess and maybe a few explorations of your softer side.
This month’s topic? Hope.
All of my kids have, in their baby albums, a layout that details the things I hope their lives bring them. A few weeks ago I flipped through their baby books (inspired by the two new babies that came to our family in the fall...I was feeling nostalgic for babies). When I got to those “I hope” layouts I thought, hmmmm. I should do that again.
After all, you hope for things for yourself, your family members, your friends throughout the entirety of a life—not just at the beginning. Plus, January, with its resolutions and its determination to start again, do better, be more, feels especially hopeful to me.
So that’s the challenge: write about what you hope for, either for yourself or for someone you love.
And to get your thoughts flowing, here are some hope-based journaling ideas:
1. Journal about what you hope the upcoming year will bring. I did that here, in this layout about my son Kaleb:
(The quote in the title is from a poem called “For Sophie Who Will Be in First Grade in 2000,”by Rita Dove. I forgot to put the notation on my layout and it will probably bug me until I add it!)
2. Fill in the blank: I hope you never stop ___________________.
3. Write about the hopes you have in connection with your child’s dreams, ambitions, talents, or skills.
4. Christopher Reeve said that “once you choose hope, anything's possible.” Write about how you choose to be hopeful in your life.
5. Journal about what you hope a change in your subject’s life might bring. In this layout, the change is a new school year, but it could be anything—a recent weight loss? A new job? A move, a new friend, a different perspective?
6. Hopes and wishes are connected. If you could grant your subject three wishes, what would they be?
7. Make a layout with journaling about a time when hope has sustained you.
8. Think big: what do you hope life will bring to your subject?
9. Think small: what do you hope a certain special day will bring, or a vacation, or a holiday?
10. What do you hope your children will learn from you?
The thing about writing about hope is that it forces you to think forward (instead of remembering back in time, like we usually do when we scrapbook). It gives you a different perspective. I hope you’ll take up the challenge—and then share your work with us!