There exist an untold quantity of reasons to help keep a journal. Journals are indispensable for documentary, motivational, devotional, emotional, intellectual, health and a number of other reasons. Almost any ongoing concern in life is fair game for journaling.
Though the impetus to start out a journal might seem obvious, the main reason journaling becomes a lifelong habit is more subtle.
You started your journal to document your baby’ s growth, for example , or to get motivated to lose weight, to write your prayers, with an emotional dumping ground, to explore intellectual a few ideas or research, to supplement health treatments, or for many other equally valid purpose.
Nevertheless, you stay with it because your journal is your honest-to-God friend.
A lot of us have friends, people we love completely and would even die for. But there’ s still a tiny gap between me and my friend, often there is some measure of autonomy. We are, all things considered, separate humans.
However your journal is you, so the autonomy disappears.
You along with your journal are now closer than friends, but your journal writings can last in the objective and sometimes surprising and helpful ways that a normal friend can.
You do not have to spell out everything in fine detail, for instance; your journal understands. You can cry your anguish out or gloat or gush all that’s necessary, your journal will be right there with you. You need to use personal codes, rituals, and abbreviations.
You can name your journal and you will discover that your journal has named you.
You can be absolutely confident that you will find a sympathetic ear every time you begin to write.
Your journal is you, and yet there comes a place at which you realize that the journal is more than you .
Today, you journal your pain and joys, your progress and backslides. Next week, you review today’ s entry and see for the first-time the meaning, usefulness, and direction of that day. You see that what happened makes a fresh sort of sense, relative to where you are now.
Looking right back, you can view how where you had been then created where you are now. You can see that there’s a clear progression. Back then, you poured your heart out; now, you see how that trying time was an all-natural step up your progress.
It really is through journaling that you begin to build this knowing of your own personal power and the way you interact with the world around you.
Opening your consciousness to these realities, your journal gently and surely brings greater satisfaction and personal peace. Sort of such as the feeling you have after a perfect visit along with your closest friend.
Your journal is the ultimate friend that can be reliably trusted along with your life.
By Mari L. McCarthy – The Journaling Therapy Specialist, founder of Journaling for the Self of It™. Mari offers counseling and courses as well as countless prompts through her many online journaling resources and her private consultations. Please visit http://www.createwritenow.com/. Mari’ s latest publication is Start Journaling and Change Your Life in seven days! which can be available at http://www.createwritenow.com/start-journaling-workbook/. Or you might like our journaling challenge: 7-Days Self Discovery Through Journaling. Please join us.