The Hidden Power of Reflective Journaling

Kevin Jahleel Ishimwe
3 min readMar 1, 2020
High Rock Trail (Packwood, WA)

I am now convinced that writing is the most influential contribution a person can make to humanity. It is evident that our current society operates on philosophical ideals written by historical figures. When an individual inscribes well-thought ideas, which he has a strong conviction for, he adds a timeless stamp on the acquired knowledge which can significantly influence various dimensions.

When it comes to personal development, I believe reflective writing is a powerful tool that can help anyone to transcend over conditioned beliefs. I first came across this type of practice while in the first year of my nursing program. Evidently, I was not immediately fond of it because I didn’t foresee the value that I could gain from writing down my thoughts or opinions.

Little did I know that it would be the needed skill to change my life around. During that time, I found myself going through the same loop of feeling empty, inadequate, or falling under the trap of undesired habits, habits which I strongly despised. My attempt through this blog is to share some of the benefits that I have gained from journaling.

Benefits of Reflective Journaling

After writing the first assignment, I found myself recognizing those limiting patterns throughout the following clinical rotation. I was quite amazed by how I was able to stop the self-pity through my observations.

This realization inspired me to apply this practice in my life; my thought was what else could go wrong. I have to say that I am glad that I made this decision. Journaling helped me to become an active student of life.

Through reflection, I was able to embrace my strengths and flaws. Subsequently, my self-confidence started to blossom, and I was not petrified of trying new things or even failing. Journaling fostered an empowering and nonjudgmental environment for me to grow as a person.

It provided a place to jot down my earnest desires and ambitions, I even found myself tracing back to my entries to check on my progress or to make any pertinent adjustments.

Journaling improved my writing; I thought that I lacked the creative power to eloquently express my opinions. Committing to this habit helped me realize that…

Kevin Jahleel Ishimwe

Faith & Life Ambassador, Quadrilingual, Visionary, Writer, Adventurer