Keeping a Journal

Working on my great-great grandmother's journals prompted me to look at some of my early ones. I started keeping a journal when I was a teenager, some 30 years ago (ouch!). The picture above is of those journals. I started when I was around 15 and I've kept a journal since then, with some seasons missing here and there. Usually those seasons are the times when too much was going on. I read some of the first ones, which detail teenage angst, breakups with boyfriends, prayers, etc. They're a little bit embarrassing, truth be told, but I know they gave me a quiet place to have a voice in my life, which was needed. I teased my siblings that I would throw them away except I have all their infractions written down in them. My present journals have less angst and are more filled with the happenings of the day and the hopes for the days ahead. In them, I draw sketches of creations I'd like to make, I write prayers out, and scriptures that I want to remember. I list out what I'm thankful for. It's a helpful process for growth. And also for seeing where you've been.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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