I enjoy keeping a
diary -- although these days, I call it journalling.
My first diary begins in
1961, and it was green leather with a lock and key. Like many,
I was inspired by Anne Frank.
want to write, but more than that,
I want to bring out all kinds of things
that lie buried in my heart."
~ Anne Frank
For years I've
journalled the old-fashioned way, putting pen to paper. My
enthusiasm for journalling has never waned, and the tools of my
trade have included inexpensive, spiral-bound notebooks, index
cards, post-its in a shoebox, and The
Artist's Way Morning Pages journals with high-quality
paper, binding and artistic covers.
This is my newest
chronicle, and I am very much enjoying this brave, new world of
journalling, arranging electrons on a screen. So far, I have not
missed the flow of ink on the page.
This way, I can edit,
cut and paste, use the spell check (when I remember to do so) and it
all takes up so little space, instead of the towering stack of
journals on my bookshelf.
Best of all, since it is on
the Net, I can access my almost daily musings, detailed maps of events,
captured moods and experiences, and random streamings of how I see and
experience the world, wherever I am, in all of its mundane and glorious
I definitely think better
when I am writing, and I know myself better when I am writing. I
have enjoyed the process of loosening up, setting aside concerns about
grammar or structure, and exploring my mind and getting to know myself.
Journalling certainly helps
me to clear up my muddied thoughts, as well as declutter those that are
otherwise tossed into a neglected jumble.
Journalling is a source of
comfort for me, helping me to arrive at balance and peace in various
areas of my life. I remember where I have been, and I am pointed in the
direction where I
want to be.
Thank you, God, for letting
me write my life away here.
"Life is a Gift."
P.S. If you would
like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to
this journal entry, you may do it here.
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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