What is the significant impact of keeping a journal?Why is it that the most influencial people in history kept journals? These are some of the questions that I asked recently when my little boy asked me why I had so many diaries and journals.
I responded with a smile on my face,telling him that I have always loved writing things down,anything and everything that comes to my mind,and I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. Journaling has been a part of my journey.It has served as a companion and compass for someone like me who couldn’t share some of my struggles as a growing teenager; with my families and friends for fear that you’ll be ignored or shouted down because you are either too curious or weird.
There were certain things you dare not tell or ask your parents in that era. So I used to vent my anger about situations,relate my fears, write my fantasies,capture thoughts on paper.Journaling has also served as a reminder concerning why and what I am suppose to do on this side of life.
Keeping a journal I believe is an Integral part of living a life of success and fulfilment, often times it is like a map to help navigate one’s journey through life. I remember when I was in junior secondary,I had a small diary and I wrote in it that I will one day become a medical doctor and a musician( I fantasized about becoming like a famous musician back then). Though I am not a medical doctor,I am a professional musician today and come to think of it, the songs that are expressed through me is actually bringing healing to People. :).
There are countless numbers of Influential people who kept journals,some who still do till date.The story is told of Anne Frank-A young gifted German writer who hid in an attic in Netherlands during the World War ||. She loved writing and during those tumultous time of war,she found solace in writing. Miraculously the journal survived the war and her Father published it for the entire world to see.Other notable people like Winston Churchill, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thomas Edison were famous for walking around with notebooks and pen.
President Barack Obama of the United States of America has this to say about journaling:
“In my life,writing has become an important exercise to clarify what I believe,what I see,what I care about;what my deepest value are.The process of converting a jungle of thoughts into coherent sentences makes you ask tougher questions”.
ADVANTAGES OF KEEPING JOURNALS.
1.Regular writing or journaling has mental health benefit,It can do wonders to health,it is like a release valve for the stresses of your daily life.
2.It helps you to gain perspective on your thoughts and feelings.Rather than fixing challenges straight on,like emotional challenges, writing them down helps you to de-cluster.
3.It improves your memory-it helps keep sight of what happened behind you as you forge ahead in your life’s Journey. I still have journals from my University days and it amazing how the things written back are playing out in my present reality.
HELPFUL TIPS FOR JOURNALING.
Just in case you are wondering,” How do I start to journal or write down things happening in my life or write down my feelings about my experience. It is very simple.
1.Start with some basic questions;Ask yourself questions like: How do I feel today? What do I need today? or something like,What am I grateful for?Your response to these questions can be documented on a blank paper or If you dread handwritten paper you can make do with apps on the internet like penzu.com, iDiaryPro,Storie,Momento.among many others.
2.Harness your dreams-Dream on paper. Do you know can build your castles on paper, instead of building it in the air, that way you can always go back to finetune the building details. I have discovered that when you dream on paper, somehow along the line God allow those things to exist in reality.
3.Keep showing up- commit to writing something anything everyday. make journaling a part of your everyday life.In the end you will realise that life and creativity is much easier when you take time to process,when you are clear about the happenings in your life and what you need. However you choose to keep a journal,There are clear benefits to doing it.
Unlike most famous people,most of us who keep journals may never published it for the world to see,but the value of keeping it,is a rare gift we give to ourselves that helps to ultimately discover our dreams,passions and our true identity.