“Once upon a time….”

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“Once upon a time….”

by Barbara Stahura

“Once upon a time….” Who hasn’t heard those words? The age-old beginning of fairy tales, they immediately focus you on the story to come. With excitement, you wonder what adventures await the hero or heroine.

You can also use these words for another purpose. Sometimes, you want to write in your journal but find it difficult to begin because the subject is a painful or difficult one. When that happens, it can be helpful to put a little distance between yourself and the subject. Using a form associated with comfort and curiosity, as “Once upon a time” is for many people, can enable you to still tell the truth of your story while remaining somewhat emotionally detached. It can enable you to explore and investigate without feeling quite so involved.


Barbara Stahura, CJF 

• Certified Journal Facilitator

• http://www.barbarastahura.com

• blog: Journal After Brain Injury http://journalafterbraininjury.wordpress.com

• Co-author with Susan B. Schuster, M.A., CCC-SLP, of “After Brain Injury: Telling Your Story,” the first journaling workbook for people with brain injury.


• Author of “What I Thought I Knew,” a memoir about how changing my mind changed my life.

April 9, 2012

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