Thank you Live to Write – Write to Live for sharing this post about journaling and stimulating feedback. I have journals in which I have not yet written, too intimidated by their beautiful design and worried my words, my thoughts may not be worthy of the ink spent in them :o\ Talk about squashing chances for creative discoveries! I have done the Morning Pages from the Artist’s Way in cheap-o Hilroy notebooks and plain black journals, written weekly or monthly updates and thoughts in lovely Paperblanks creations. I think it depends on the time of your life, what events are happening – or not happening. I agree that it is a big relief to pull the words out, to transfer them onto paper, to feel that sense of relief and move on with the day.
I’ve been a journaler since my first diary as a young girl.
Journaling is a way to get thoughts out of my head and neatly tucked away; a way of removing words/thoughts that distract me. Once I have something written down, I can stop thinking about it and move on.
I have this visual of raising my hand next to my ear, reaching just inside the ear, and pinching the end of a string. When I pull the string, I discover it’s a string made of words. Pulling some words out of my head makes room for others.
Of course, there are some days where that string seems never ending, like those colorful handkerchiefs magicians pull out of a sleeve or a pocket — color after color after color with no apparent end. But there is always an end to the words that need to be cleared away so that…
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