TIME TO REFLECTI 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, 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 a notebook that lasts me a few years - then I get the pleasure of buying a new one!
THE LOST ART OF HANDWRITINGIs 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.
I came across a group of bloggers who are striving to keep the art of handwriting alive - they have monthly challenges to keep people practising. They call it the "Rock Your Handwriting Challenge" and you can see February's here, then they encourage you to upload your efforts to their Facebook group.
KEEPING A RECORDAbout 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's 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 as I have diligently written down my thoughts. 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.
When there have been tough times, 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 know I will survive it again.
MAINTAINING TRADITIONJournalling 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.......)