Sunday, January 23, 2011
Dear Diary...The joy of journaling
I have always felt at home with words.
Sometimes, moreso than with people.
As a young teen, words were a means of escape and expression, for someone who was shy, gifted, and socially awkward.
I suppose it's why I've always kept a journal. I haven't taken an official count, but I'd venture to say I have dozens, representing various stages and ages in my life. Beautiful and sometimes painful reminders of my journey.
They come in an array of sizes and colors and styles. Oh my!
Which is why I was so geeked when I scored one last week from a local thrift store. It was not just any journal, mind you, but a devotional. Beautiful, 6x9 with a beige and burgundy cover and tan linen pages. Brand spanking new, for less than a buck. :-)
I dig that it has specific categories: prayers for the day, the day's weather, your mood, things you'd like to see happen tomorrow. I like that it calls for guided input. I look forward to penning my thoughts and seeing how it all takes shape.
I should also add that this form of writing is therapeutic, and sometimes even marketable. I've actually gone back to revisit them and used passages to pen essays and poems. Some of which have been published in national anthologies and magazines! Cool, huh? Not to mention, it's nice to laugh at some of the crazy adventures and to feel blessed for the growth.
Remember that love you thought you'd never get over...?
How about you...do you journal? Why or why not? What reflective lessons have you learned? Do tell...