Expecting baby: Sweet anticipation

Keep a Possibility Journal
A possibility journal is a storage place for thoughts, feelings, dreams, and longings. It is a place for wishes. It begins as a blank book with blank pages. As you write, draw, paste, and color, you turn a blank book into a possibility journal. And with that journal in hand, you can turn possibility into actuality. You can tell your story and fashion a vision. With a vision you have a road map and a direction for your life.

Pregnancy is about hope, hope for yourself and your child. Within every woman is a wellspring of vibrant energy that is stirred and unleashed when she is pregnant. By exploring your creative potential, you can unlock this power and find new determination. With determination, you can turn your hope into action. Let me show you how. Women have children for many reasons, some of which aren’t positive or noble. Some become pregnant by accident, others plan it because they’re lonely, bored, or to fill a hole in their own hearts. Regardless of the reasons -- noble or selfish -- you got pregnant; you’ve been given an opportunity. Your possibility journal will be the guide to discover the opportunity, expand it, and grow as a consequence. You’re having a baby for a reason. What is your purpose for bringing a baby to your family? Write your answer in your journal. Look deeply within and write as honestly as you can.

Every mother-to-be wants her child to take the best of her and become more. But not all of us accomplish this task. Some moms become jealous, fearful, or distracted; without a clear vision of themselves as mothers and women, they get off track. With a possibility journal, you can stay on course in your own life and guide your baby from birth to adulthood to become a beautiful, responsible, honest human being. I’m not talking about pushing. I’m talking about knowing yourself well enough that your child sees from your example that wishes do come true. He sees from your life what it means to accomplish something meaningful; by watching you she learns to live with joy and integrity. She will see your heart singing and is therefore free to sing her own songs.

What do you wish for yourself? Cut out five pictures from magazines that represent your deepest wishes. Paste them in your journal and write a sentence underneath. Now paste five pictures that represent what you wish for your baby. What kind of life do you want him to have? What do you want to teach her? What beauty do you want him to see? What actions are you willing to take?

Write down five qualities that you admire in yourself. If you have trouble, ask friends to help you, and write down what they say. Think about what you can do to enhance those qualities. Do you need to become a better person? In what way? Is there unfinished business from your past that needs cleaning up? With colored markers, decorate the pages any way you choose. Write a list of your favorite words, your favorite children’s books, your favorite nursery rhymes, your favorite hiding spot. Write a poem for your baby and put the words in a vertical line. Or write a letter to your unborn child and tell her something silly, or write something from your heart.

Actions begin with hopes and wishes. Writing in a possibility journal turns hopes into vision, which, when ripened, evolves into action. That’s your opportunity.

Don’t forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!
--May Sarton

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