Saturday, March 14, 2009

Journaling

Do you keep a journal? I have been journaling almost my entire life. Sadly, when I used spiral notebook for my thoughts and notes on my daily life, they seemed to get used for other things and eventually were lost.
When I began journaling in little bound books, my writing became more important to me. The cost of these small books is minimal, and I ask for journals as Christmas gifts, so I always have one or two waiting.
I especially like starting a new journal at the beginning of a year. There before me is a clean white page waiting for me to begin my new life for this year. It represents a new beginning to me. I guess I always feel that if I can start fresh, I’ll do a better job.

I’ll share with you a few lines from my journals.
Monday, Nov 6, 1984
"Today Gay and I sprayed Greenzit on the Christmas trees and both got sunburned in the 89 degree weather. Last year it was cold when we greened the trees."
"I like Reagan except for his stand against the ERA. I wish I could see a woman in a high office of our government. Geraldine Ferraro is running for vice president. Surprisingly, most women I know are opposed to a woman vice-president. We haven't come that far yet."
July 23, 1986
"I am at 31,000 feet flying over snow capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Below me, clouds look like millions of puffy cotton balls floating past....
We had a beautiful flight and now we are checked into the Mark Hopkins Hotel on Nob Hill in San Francisco with a view of the area that includes part of the bay."
Sunday, Feb. 12, 2006
"I talked to Gay today. She is starting a fund for a Katrina victim to help her pay her mortgage on her flooded house in New Orleans."

And here are a few of the books I love to go back to, books that hold my happy times, my saddest moments, my deepest thoughts I’ve never shared with others, favorite times with loved ones or those special moments of silence and solitude.


If you haven’t done so, start journaling. You don’t have to write every day. But try to write often. When I go back and read what I wrote years ago, I’m amazed at how far I’ve come in my relationships, how I’ve grown in understanding of others and my beliefs in politics and religion.

Journals create great jumping off places for writing the stories about your life.

3 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I journaled a lot when I was younger. It's very therapeutic. I think blogging and such has replaced that for me now.

L. Diane Wolfe
www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
www.spunkonastick.net
www.thecircleoffriends.net

Glenda C. Beall said...

I enjoy blogging, but feel that my posts have to be of some value to my readers, but when I write in my journal, those words are just for me. I'm amazed that you keep up three sites, Diane. I can hardly manage this one and www.netwestwriters.blogspot.com and still have time for other writing.
Thanks for visiting.

tipper said...

Glenda-I loved peeking back into your thoughts!