Earlier this summer, I read an ebook by Claire be Boer titled Soul Writing: Why writing your story could be the most important thing you ever do. (You can find it here.) The book and her site include exercises to spur memories and help them flow onto paper, inspiring moments, and the stories on many about the impact of journaling in their lives.
I’m fond of journaling, just have not mastered the practice of it. I do agree that writing things out – your current troubled thoughts, memories, dreams can help us in a variety of ways:
- The practice of writing – Just making sure that you write every day is an important thing. It helps you to develop your voice and potentially create content that could be published on a blog, magazines, or books.
- The power of venting – Sometimes, you need to get stuff out of your own head, but maybe the right person isn’t around to listen – or doesn’t exist. Putting it on paper helps, just as telling a person the story would, helps you to process your thoughts and feelings. To root out what lies behind that initial wail of discontent.
- The potential for privacy – Maybe there’s something that you need to process but don’t want to share with anyone else. Your journal is for eyes only – and you make that call.
- The marking of moments – Sometimes the little parts of the day are the most important. The simple phrase someone uses. A ray of light striking a loved one’s hair in the most beautiful way. These little pieces can get drowned out in the daily grind or the crisis or stress of the moment. Making a practice of recording life will make sure these bits aren’t lost.
It’s a powerful thought.
I’ve started to sit down myself. Watch for a story soon about how that is working.