It was at age 13 that I received my first journal as a gift from my Mother.
I wasn’t sure what I would actually write about or if I would even bother journaling in the first place. But, the minute I put a pen to that paper, I was hooked. I was able to release a TON of thoughts and concerns and anxieties that I had as I sojourned through what was essentially an awkwardly yet successfully survived and blessed boyhood.
Even though I do love the digital touch of blogging, for me, theirs something about writing in a journal that really capstones my experience as a writer.
I needed this growing up. As a kid, I would often visit the school counselor like I was a modern day Charlie Brown. But, journaling did something similar for me. I really found myself being able to release junk that was floating in my mind and on my heart onto paper. I’m not going to lie, it felt weird sometimes being THAT honest with myself. But, I knew that I could be. I had the space, the privacy and the resources to be able to just be real on paper. It also helped that the journal I had at age 13 had a lock on it that was so efficient that the NSA couldn’t get to it.
Tracking My Progress
As a Christian, as a man and as someone whose totally imperfect and who has the potential for failure at any given time, it is imperative for me to keep a journal of my thoughts, feelings, ideas and everything that pours out from my mind and heart. I journal because it keeps me focused on always living and operating better as well as reminding me to remain humble. I have wrote about things in my journal that to this day still make me blush and scratch my head. Because of this, when I revisit my old journals, I am quickly reminded of how far the Lord brought me and, frankly, reminded of how blessed I am and how I am not deserving of how good I have it. Because I check back on those old journals, I can celebrate my successes and be reminded of my mission.
Keeps My Ideas Balanced
I come up with multiple ideas during the day about multiple things. I wonder sometimes if I’m ADD I come up with so much stuff. But, journaling and writing keeps things focused. Oddly enough, I wasn’t journaling or blogging as much and because of that I was suffering. My Pastor called me out on it (thanks uncle). As he’s always told me, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” So, I got back into journaling in my book and writing down my journey and planning forward and I started seeing things materialize before me. This is SO key for me.
Best Gift Idea
I bet that if you give a significant other or even your kids, grandkids or nieces or nephews or cousins a journal, I bet you they will come up with all kinds of things to write about or even draw.
You might be surprised! They may need it.