Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I teach a course in English composition at a Bible School. My five students are from four different countries - two from Russia, one from Albania, one from Romania, and one from Germany.
At the beginning of the course, I gave each of them an inexpensive journal and I've been encouraging them to write in it daily. Some of them are finding it difficult, though, especially the two young men.
A couple of weeks ago, there was a special event at the school that was attended by some former students. I sat at the lunch table with a young man from Romania who had taken the same course from one of my predecessors. He said that the thing that had helped him improve his English the most was daily journaling! This testimonial to journaling was totally unsolicited! Of course, I shared it with my current class, especially what he told me about writing for his other courses. He found that he needed less time to write good papers and essays because he was in English-writing mode due to his regular journaling.
I needed to be reminded of how journaling helped me during my studies, too. But I noticed it more from the negative side. When I WASN'T writing consistently, I found it more difficult to get into writing assignments for my coursework. Thinking back on those experiences and encouraged by my young friend, I realized that I really need to practice what I preach and get back to regular journaling again.
So I'm going to join with my class and do some of their assignments along with them. This week, they are writing Top Ten lists on certain subjects related to Bible characters (Top Ten reasons why you would like to be this person...), Christian Character (Top Ten ways to demonstrate God's love for a family member or friend), and so on.
I'm going to go for Top Ten Reasons why I'm still on Spark People after 7 years:
1. I've made a lot of good friends here and have even got to meet a couple of them in real life.
2. I've learned a lot about good nutrition.
3. I've been encouraged to exercise and exceed my expectations for my own strength, stamina and flexibility.
4. I need the accountability!
5. I'm online a lot anyway, so I might as well be doing something positive, uplifting and otherwise good for me.
6. The articles I've read here have helped me better understand my own health issues and those of my family members.
7. I've found encouragement and support on the teams I've been a part of.
8. I'm encouraged by the stories of other "losers."
9. The sister site is a good place to keep track of recipes.
10. I've met a lot of great people here! I know, I already said that, but it bears repeating!