Introduction to Journaling
I recently discovered the joy of journaling. Feeling frustrated with my lack of writing; yet tired of being on the computer all the time (for work), I heeded the suggestion of the lovely host of the Slow Your Home Podcast, Brooke McAlary, and decided to journal for 3 pages…pen to paper.
With thoughts of writing in a pretty notebook filling my head, I opted for the reality of what was on the shelf and would suit my purpose…a spiral bound notebook with a hamburger on the cover. Time has taught me that many a good intention will go awry while trying to find the perfect medium to achieve said intention. So better solider on with the burger notebook, then a journal not kept.
Then the pen. No compromise here because a scratchy pen keeps you from achieving flow. Lucky for me, I had a smooth-flowing pen hoarded for writing purposes. Never underestimate the power of the pen…literally. Doubtful? Try writing even a grocery list with a crappy pen…it is the difference between bringing home TP or tea…with TP being the preferred purchase…Yes, I’ve done this.
While the instruction from Brooke was to journal for 3 pages, just achieving pen to paper was to be celebrated, so I just focused on getting my thoughts out.
Best Friends For Life
For years, I have believed that journaling was for Dear Diary types of people. Ones who wanted to pour out their heart about a potential love interest or document the events of the day for posterity. No one has ever told me that journaling is the best friend everyone needs.
Like a best friend, you can talk on a topic endlessly with no judgement, and there are absolutely no consequences to your confessions or accountability!!! You can leave it for a day and repeat the same thoughts with no sighs of boredom.
Venting at will, I unloaded all the ruminating thoughts that had me in a twist. I did not have to worry about grammar or whether I expressed myself clearly, and I did not have to be aware of the subtle reactions of another person to distract me.
I did not even have to make my journal a problem clarifier. Using the notebook in a willy-nilly manner, I went on to map out potential blog posts and could ramble on and then nix the result when the jumble made no sense.
When finished, I felt cleansed, and my mind was quiet. I just needed to be heard even if the paper was the ears and my pen my big mouth. =)
A Page A Day Keeps The Therapist Away
I highly advise if you’ve been a skeptic of writing pen to paper to give it whirl. Keyboard to computer would be a secondary substitute, but I would find myself editing for spelling or grammar whenever the blue underlines appeared under my words. This post being an example as I have misspelled journaling consistently…one L or two? No spelling or grammar checks in a notebook unless you leave it somewhere for your family to read…even then, only if you raised them right.
I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say – Flannery O’Connor
Do you journal? If so or if not, why?