I found myself looking through some old journals the other day. Sitting and reading day to day thoughts from 5-10 years ago, it hit me in a big way how perspective is one of the greatest benefits of journal writing.
While they might on the surface seem like simple words on a page, written mostly about nothing of any real significance, they still can offer us insight on who we used to be – a portal to the past so to speak. Scanning the pages for clues, we can ask, Have we grown? Or have we stayed the same? What if anything, has changed in our lives that may have shifted our way of thinking about ourselves or about the world?
Ten years almost to the day since I picked up my first journal, I remain a strong advocate for putting pen to paper- because if for nothing else, journaling offers an outlet where you can speak in ways that no one else has to understand.
And the journaling process doesn’t have to be long, drawn out, or time consuming if you don’t want it to be. Maybe one sentence per day is enough. Or 1 paragraph per week. Just a little something to keep the process alive and ready, should you ever really want or need to lean on it.
If you follow me through social media, you may know that this will be my last month writing for Rhodia Drive. With less than a handful of posts left, I’ve been feeling pretty nostalgic about the journey. Coming up on Tuesday the 22nd, I’ll be asking you to tell us about your all-time favorite Exaclair products as I share a list of my own.
Keep on writing!