I have never been a “journaler”. At times I viewed it as just one more thing that sucked my time away from me. I mean, I try to make time to clean, cook, play with my daughter, clean, iron, cut food, talk with my husband, clean, read my bible, see friends, write checks, clean….yadayadayada. How am I supposed to also find time to sit and write about all of it?
I’ve been stretching myself to write. I write anything that I am dealing with, struggling with, praying for and feeling. I built about 5 minutes into my “quiet time” and write. Whatever comes out, goes on the paper. At times I wonder, “if someone reads this, are they going to think I’m as crazy as I know I am?”
Regardless, I’m finding this practice important. The more I write, the more I realize that it’s important to compose this inner dialogue. When I write, expression becomes easier and words flow simpler. I am able to articulate my feelings and emotions in a way that is less staunch or stunted. I don’t have boundaries or someone interrupting.
Im finding this so valuable. The idea of sharing your thoughts and preserving them for the future. To watch growth happen and be able to accurately time-line your life. What went right and what went wrong. Imagine what we can learn from ourselves!
Not to mention that I have been able to massage my composition skills. And remember why the skill of writing was my favorite thing to “teach” when I was in the classroom.
So, I ask of you….
Those of you that journal:
What is the greatest benefit you gain from putting pen to paper?