If you haven’t heard me say it before, I love to journal. It is cathartic. My journal holds my truths, desires, dreams, and fears. It helps me to find clarity, check myself, and to identify when ego is present. A short time ago, I sat down at my computer and wrote:
Welcome to a place where anything is possible.
A place to capture your dreams and desires, to release your fears, to find clarity, and create new beginnings.
A place to open your heart and mind.
A place to allow your inner self to speak and to remember what you know to be true but have chosen to forget.
A place to write your truth.
Personally, a place like that seems amazing, freeing, and somewhere I would love to spend my time. It sounded so good to me I put these words on the cover of a journal and sold them on my author website. Interestingly, I have received some mixed reviews. It is not the design or the look of the journal; it is that people don’t want to write. What makes journaling so daunting for people? I have been asked what should I write? Wonder if someone reads what I have written? I have nothing to say. Hearing these concerns and questions, I had to take a step back and remember when I first journaled. Back in the day (late 70s) I was like any other girl entering puberty and living through a divorce. I had my diary that was under lock and key. Writing seemed easy or should I say, ranting was easy. “Why do I have to do this? Why can’t I do that? Why is my brother such a jerk?” You get the idea. Then I grew up and didn’t think about journaling again until almost four decades later. This time around, things were different. My entries were high level and devoid of feelings. I didn’t rant, I just recounted my day. Why the change? Fear. I was fearful to write what was going on inside of my head. I didn’t want those fears and desires to see the light of day. I believed if they were kept deep inside, I wouldn’t have to do anything about them and could continue to live my life uninterrupted, no matter how unhappy I was. But how are we to grow if we do not challenge ourselves? Maybe, if we write our fears and desires, we will allow ourselves to understand why we are scared or why we have a particular longing.
To me journaling allows me to share what is in my head with my heart and my heart helps me determine what I should do. If you are someone who doesn’t want to or believe in journaling, ask yourself why? I am sure you will come up with many reasons, too busy, don’t know what to write, not interested. Then when you have that answer, ask yourself the question again. Why, are you so busy etc.… If you continue to ask that question of yourself, eventually you will get to the real answer, which in most cases is fear. How do you get over fear, by doing what scares you the most? If you give it a go,and be truly honest with yourself, you may realize that you enjoy it and discover a whole new side of yourself. Just like Mikey, if you try it, you just may like it.