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Journaling Prompts

Chastity: What have your experiences been with the ‘birds and bees’? Was sex a topic that was completely ignored in your youth, or did you get all the info you needed? Did religious beliefs play a role in your relationship to sex, and how does that play out in your life today? Did your first experiences shape your later feelings and choices? How do you feel about the difference between the way boys and girls are treated with regard to intimacy?


Guilty as Charged: Do you feel guilt or remorse about any of your past choices? What did you do, and  did anyone find out about your indiscretion? Have you been accused of something which you were NOT guilty of? How did you defend yourself if you did; if you didn’t stand up for yourself, why not?


Infancy: Do you have photos of yourself as a very new person – hospital photos, or ones taken when you first came home from the hospital? How does it feel to see yourself as an infant? Does the photo resemble you today, or does it seem like a different person? Looking at (or imagining) your infant self, what do you imagine was ahead? What do you think were your parents’ dreams for you, and did you fulfill them? Were you a clean slate or were there expectations already on you? Do you believe that you already had a destiny in you?


Naïveté: Are you a trusting soul or are you more cynical? Have you ever been accused of being naïve or childlike in your view of something? Were or are you embarrassed of your naïveté, or are you comfortable in your innocence?


Oblivious: Are there things you simply don’t notice – things that you’re blind to? What are those things, and why do you think you can’t see them – are they things you’d prefer to not see, or are things that just aren’t in your frame of reference. Are there things you wish were out of view?


Humility: Do you know anyone who is truly humble? Do you possess the trait of humility, or do you seek to be more humble? Are you offended by people who brag about their accomplishments, or does it indicate a healthy sense of self-worth? Is there a place for honest sharing of your accomplishments that isn’t inappropriate?

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There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.

Henry David Thoreau


All things truly wicked start from innocence.

Ernest Hemingway


Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being.

Albert Camus


The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals.

Clint Eastwood


Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld


It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.

Mignon McLaughlin


Innocence is always unsuspicious.

Joseph Joubert


Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.

Anatole France


Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices.

Denis Diderot


Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.

Bo Bennett


The essential self is innocent, and when it tastes its own innocence knows that it lives for ever.

John Updike


Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso


The few wonders of the world only exist while there are those with the sight to see them.

Charles de Lint


The innocent and the beautiful Have no enemy but time.

William Butler


Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul.

Francis Thompson


That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end.

Lise Hand      


A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.

Martin Fraquhar Tupper


The silence often of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails.

William Shakespeare


Innocence can be redefined and called stupidity. Honesty can be called gullibility. Candor becomes lack of common sense. Interest in your work can be called cowardice.

Abraham Maslow


The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.

William Butler Yeats


To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower: Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.

William Blake


It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.

Anatole France


Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.

Lyman Abbott


Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.

Mary Astor

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