Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why Keep A Personal Journal?


Why would an average person, one who expects to forever remain an average person within a lifetime, wish to keep a Diary or a Personal Journal?

In a diary or journal the writer can record the many too easily forgotten individual observations and not have to face the possibility of losing them forever. Memories do fade into the mists of time. And those endangered memories become more and more important as even the youngest of us age, and you most assuredly will -- you, and you, and yes... even you.

Keeping a journal is in no way age-specific.

The older writer who has just begun to keep a journal and has managed to retain some of those memories can call to mind, relive, and perhaps come to better understand events from "the good old days." And how your actions during those earlier times may have affected you and your attitudes throughout your later life.

The younger writer might start with the topic: "Something few people realize about me is..." -- And that is an ever increasing treasure chest to dig into.

Young or old, keeping a journal can enable you to examine, analyze, and eventually help you solve difficult problems. Putting into written words the questions concerning your relationships with others, be they platonic or matters of romantic love, can bring clarification or even unexpected answers after reading and rereading and then again writing down your newly acquired perceptions concerning the matter. And you can look back at earlier aspirations and see whether you have reached those goals or not, and how those goals might have changed with the passage of time.

Those are just a few of the many advantages you will have, just by writing down whatever comes to mind as you live your unique life day by day.

Additionally, the notations, the emotions, and the photos collected year after year will someday provide your family with a much more complete picture of your life.

How great is that?

The things surrounding you which seem normal and commonplace now, might be fascinating to your grandchildren.

Again, how great is that?


Think about this: Someday you might be asked to sell your life story to a major publisher (It COULD happen, you never can tell) and if you could then produce a multi-volume private diary or a comprehensive personal journal; how wonderful would that be?

Best of all, faithfully keeping a journal soon gets to be a habit, a most enjoyable stress-relieving habit.

A Record Of Your Life


A Digital Journal


My journal is a continuous mirror
reflecting not a distorted image --
but a portrait of my own true self.

I wrote the above poem? at five
o'clock A.M., January 28, 2012.


Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
--St. Augustine

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