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Archive for February, 2011

WRITER’S PROMPT: An Envelope for Worries?

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

There was an article in the Jan. 31, 2011 NY Times (”Teacher, My Dad Lost His Job. Do We Have to Move?” by Michael Winerip) which talked about how fears about the economy are worrying children who fear their families will lose their homes and have to move.  One elementary school guidance counselor showed children how to make ”worry envelopes” to store their fears.  She gave them also a buckeye to carry in their pockets, for the children to hold in their hands in they feel bad and to help calm themselves.

I’ve been thinking of these ” worry envelopes” and was puzzling over whether writing one’s fears down on paper and then putting them away in an envelope is a good idea to help people when they feel troubled.  In some ways, it’s not much different from my keeping a journal where I also jot down all the things, good and bad, that are in my heart and which I need to acknowledge to gain some peace of mind.   I think the process of writing about fears can be helpful. So, I share this idea about worry envelopes and would welcome your own thoughts, as well as the things you do to help deal with your problems.

Please share with us.