Why is it important to sit back and reflect on your week? How is weekly reflection making an impact on your life?
I try to make a habit of reflecting on my week by writing a few lines in my personal journal. I don't have a very exciting life, in fact I have a fairly ordinary life most of the time. I don't have reams of things to write about when I look back on my week, but I find jotting down a few thoughts and reflections gives me a bit of an overview of how my life is going and where I've been and how far I've progressed. It also gives me an excuse to get out a nice pen and write in my notebook that will last me a few years - then I get the pleasure of finding a new one!
Is there anyone else out there who still hand writes on real paper - or has blogging taken its place in the 21st century? I've noticed that I very rarely now write with a pen on paper. The days of beautifully crafted handwriting are slowly fading and very few people seem to take the time to actually write anything other than on a laptop or a phone. My diary is my way of holding onto that skill.
About once a week I stop and pull out my journal and note the highlights of the week that has passed. If I have a picture or a memento to add to it, that is a bonus. At the most I write about half an A4 page at a time, but it has been an immensely helpful exercise over the years that I have diligently written my thoughts down. It has marked many occasions - both good and bad - I can look back and smile at some of the events that have passed and I can still feel the pain of others.
There have been tough times too, and putting them down in writing has helped me sort my thoughts out and given me a physical acknowledgement of these blows of life that I've weathered. Sometimes history repeats itself and I can look back and see that I survived the storm once and I will survive it again because I have learnt and can apply some of that this time around.
Journalling is as old as time itself and I can picture medieval women sitting in their towers with their ink and quill writing about the tournament they watched or the visitors they received. It's also a part of the letter writing and receiving of Edwardian England and Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. There is so much history that goes with keeping a journal, although I can't see mine being of any value to future generations! But I love the feel of putting pen to paper and capturing a few moments of my week and so I will continue to hold on to my "dear diary" for a few more years to come.
I thought I'd leave this post with the sad cat diary that makes me smile every time I watch it (kind of ironic really.......)