Friday, January 01, 2016
Keep a Journal - a New Year, a New Start
I have always keep a journal, or back in my younger days, a "diary," as we called them. Some of my diaries even had a small key to lock and unlock them. I remember at least in or around 5th grade, keeping such diaries. By the time my family had moved from my birth state of California to Utah, I definitely was keeping a daily diary -- in fact, when we moved from one location in Utah, I had taken all my diaries, stored them in a bag, opened up my closet, pulled out a huge built in drawer at the bottom of it, and hid my diaries in the emptiness of the drawer's under earth, and then slid the drawer back in. I wondered in time, if anyone had ever found them? Read them?...the musings of an eleven to thirteen year old child?
To this day, I keep a journal. It is more spiritual and maybe sometimes just casual and filled with the daily-goings-on of a mother of four. But it has always been my way, for better or worse, to put my thoughts to paper, particularly after monumental events.
One year I recall keeping a journal that was the most painful journal I have ever written in my life so far. I still have it; it dates back nearly 8 years ago now. It was the first year of OCD/anxiety treatment for one of my sons who plunged deeply into the grips of mental illness due to the dramatic onset of OCD and was hospitalized for a week. It was there he was diagnosed. It was very difficult and painful and I logged on going weeks of therapies, all the doctor visits, the medications, the changes in doses, any positive or negative outcomes, his outbursts, depressions, ugly behaviors and any bright or good spots. By the end of that year, the last couple months shown stabilization, and positive hopeful signs.......but oh how very challenging that year was. Five years into the therapies I could say he had become a healthy young man, and only this last year, (so seven years passing), he has made remarkable and miraculous strides and come so so far since those difficult dark days. I am truly grateful.
I keep that journal as a reminder, I don't even have to crack a page it, I only need to see it's cover in my drawer and the word Grateful comes across my heart and soul, and I thank God deeply for where he has led us now.
On the lighter side, my recent re-watching of the River Song episodes of Doctor Who, and her personal diary, the Tardis diary, also definitely inspired me to continue on to author my own thoughts and personal events. Well, it won't be anywhere near as exciting as River's jottings I'm sure.....but still, it's my best, right?
And so I have bought a delightful little pink with tiny stars on the cover Bella J.** notebook to pen some new thoughts for 2016. I took inspiration from this recent article:
Among the three reads I keep going (per my Charlotte Mason philosophy of reading- see footnote below*), I am currently reading Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly, and using his "prayer process" as a guide to my journaling. If you don't own this book, I encourage you to download it to your eReader or make a purchase of the hard copy. It is worth your time.
And so, I hope you will consider keeping a journal (finally) and I wish you all happiness and health and good inspirations as you embark on this new beginning, this new year!
Happy New Year &
P.S. if you would like to keep a digital journal, there are many to try; I have the Journey- Journal-Diary from the Google store; it's a nice format and easy to use on your android device. You can customize it nicely, add personal photos.
*Charlotte Mason: from Karen Andreola's A Charlotte Mason Companion: pg 346, Chapter "Mother Culture" suggests: