Every once in awhile, I like to snoop around my old diaries. Besides personally being one of the best non-fiction reads to me, it gives good insight into who I was and potentially who I will be.

One of the jewels of wisdom I recently picked up from a 7 year old Winnie the Pooh journal contained information on my state of mind at the time. The details are not important. But the general feeling of that entire year was one of heartache and confusion. There was this sense of longing, emptiness, a feeling that whatever I was going through was not only uncomfortable, but unfair.

I even wrote: “When I’m 50, I’ll probably look back on this moment and it will be a fleeting and insignificant memory. But right now, I’m having a hard time with it.”

I smiled reading it because I can see both the calamity I felt at that moment and the foresight I had to know eventually it would pass.

In reading this old entry, I remembered how important it is to have both compassion for our situation and faith that whatever we are experiencing now will eventually end. It’s a part of my own self-growth that I could appreciate even in my twenties. And it’s something one blogger touches upon this week in her post about how our thoughts can impede or further our growth.

If only I had these top posts to read back then. Hope you enjoy them!

Who Says You’re Fat

(Real World Research) – Sophia Dembling has found the key to writing a top post-write about weight loss. Why? Weight loss topics are popular because of our obsession with fat and losing weight. Here Dembling reveals how the media, fat stigma, and a gross disconnect from our bodies contribute to the negative way we perceive ourselves.

The Neuroscience of Changing Toxic Thinking Patterns (2 of 2)

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – The bad news is toxic thinking can end up sabotaging your relationships, your goals and your self-growth. The good news is that by learning to be more conscious of your thoughts you can also change your life for the better.

Why Forgiveness is a Major Part of Relationship Success

(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Besides “I love you,” another influential three words have the potential to make or break your relationship. Read how saying,”I forgive you” can both heal and improve your relationship with others.

Developing Creativity, Intuition, Rapid Cognition

(The Creative Mind) – That inner voice. That gut instinct. All the tools that helps your creativity soar. This week Douglas Eby tackles the mystery behind intuition.

Men’s Anxiety vs. Women’s Anxiety

(Partners in Wellness) – Men and women may be alike in many ways. But when it comes to anxiety, they are different. Read why women experience higher rates of anxiety, what anxiety looks like in men and get tips on how to reduce anxiety if you are a man or a woman.