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"Journal the Journey" By Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on June 28, 2012
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Keeping it Real

Welcome again to the Fireside and the gathering of friends and those who have landed here by accident or hopefully have been directed here. No matter where you fall into know that you are welcome here and may you find something here that offers you some peace from what we have so conveniently tagged as life.

For those who know me I have often taken you back in time to another place or situation in life that has brought up some old memories. Some good and some not so good. All in all they are applicable to the way we find ourselves living today.

So please get comfortable and welcome as always and may this find you well and willing to sit through this. I welcome your comments and anything you are able to add of your experience is more than appreciated. Today I would like to write about the advantages of keeping a personal journal and the many great benefits it has to offer. Know that you are all dearly loved and accepted here.

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To Stop

I think it important really for us all to take the time and stop and think of where we have come from. I like to think of a journal entry as being a milestone or a marker along the pathway of life. A place that we can revisit and call it a measuring stick if you like and see our progress. There are going to be those times when we feel like we are stuck in time. If we have no reference point we have no way of really telling where we have come from.

To me a journal is such that it becomes a road map of sorts. A reference point to return to and hopefully give the need at the time a check mark. The check mark being the concern of issue has been dealt with.

Be honest with yourself and think of the freedom there is in sharing yourself and your need with another or in this case yourself as you pour out your heart on a piece of paper. It is a time of self study and a time that can give many unseen rewards as long as you are honest.


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Dig Deep

I often drive past these old farm houses that have been abandoned and my mind takes me to a place of wondering what actually happened in these places. We all like to think of the family filled with joy. The Christmas and Thanksgiving celebrations and the happy times. Yet there is always the times that come to mind knowing there has been some great pain and suffering here as well. The loss of a loved one, maybe a painful childhood memory. some untold suffering of a child.

It is these things that hold us from having a full life. We can appear happy on the outside and yet inside we have turmoil. Stop for a moment and think of the young girl who has a diary. Coveted and locked with a key she only has. A place for her to write her inner most thoughts and desires. A wonderful concept really. Could there have been a diary in this house and what would it have spoken.

Take then to where we are today and ask. "Could I journal" Could I keep a record of the daily journey I find myself on. What would I share, what would I say. What would my story tell the world should it ever open the book. Or better yet would what I write help another to maybe avoid some of the pain I have seen in this life. Even better would it help me to understand my own journey and grow from it.

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Back In Time

Back when my world had come to a point of having to live in a place that was a renovated motel and a small suite. A place where it was one step above welfare I was able to secure work only after making the offer of working free of charge for a month to prove my worth. My future boss called and said if you are wiling to do so then consider yourself as having a job starting Monday morning. Of course I would be paid for my time. Within a few months I was placed in charge of a shift of several employees and the relationship with me and the company proved to be invaluable as it again gave me purpose and I started to rebuild again the life that had taken a backwards turn.

With my first pay cheque I bought a battered old computer that was capable of Word documents and the Internet that allowed me to become connected again to many people new and old. It is funny the way life takes a change when we can sit and start to write about our hurts and I had many at the time. I would spend hours on end tapping away on that keyboard sharing with myself some of the most painful things in life. It was in these journals I began to really see progress in changing the way I thought about others and yes even myself.

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We All Have Junk

I once wrote a sermon on something we all have in our homes. They are generally in the kitchen and they are what we call our "Junk Drawers." You know the one which becomes the catch all for all the stuff that has no real place in life but we keep stuffing things in there. Once we have cleared them of all the unnecessary we rid the frustration of finding what we may have slipped in there. I laugh as I write these words maybe I need to write about the one I have. Maybe a challenge out there to us all to share what we keep in them.

You see life is much like a junk drawer. We hang onto things, thoughts, anger, frustration and they all bind us and stop us from having joy. It may sound silly to journal about them and yet there is a certain amount of freedom once we have placed them into words. Like everyone there are things I have done in life that carry shame. It happens and it is how we deal with it that can either consume us or make us stronger should we deal with it appropriately. If it ends up in our personal junk drawer then it becomes baggage.

A journal can be either private or public depending on your comfort zone and what you are dealing with. What is important is that you be totalling a completely honest with yourself accept the blame if it is yours. Take the time today to consider starting a journal. They do call for a certain amount of commitment o your part. Remember it is not a race. To begin with you will have nothing but a jumble of thoughts going through your mind. Just enjoy spending time with yourself you never know you may find some great company.


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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You're right, Rolly. The journal is a road map. Describe the joys in detail and refer slightly to the negatives. When you reread it in the future, you want it to encourage not dishearten you. A journal of your joys and achievements will never end up in the junk drawer.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi MsDora and welcome to the Fireside. It is good to have you join us. Thank you for your comment and I agre with you. My journal is rather colourful and has seen me through some good and some bad times either or have become a blessing to revisit.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Hiya, Rolly! :) I decided a long time ago to live life with a minimalism lifestyle. I tossed out the junk drawer and "journaled" with mostly photography. :) I too, drive by the old, abandoned houses and wonder what story they have to tell. :) Great read. VUM.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "We all have junk" Yes we do my friend, but that junk can turn out to be our greatest asset. I'm all about recycling and that, in effect, is what we do with our personal junk.

      Great hub! Loved the read, loved the message, love the writer.

      Peace and happiness to you,

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning TT... Photographs mark time as well in our lives... great thought. Glad to hear you have simplified life. It is so much less cluttered is it not... abandoned houses and capturing the moment are a passion for me... just love to sit and listen to them speak.

      Hus fro Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... We do carry a great deal of stuff and it is always a blessing to pass what we call junk along and it becomes someone else's treasure. Much like the piano in te house I have just given away. Soo it will again create music in a new home. Good to have you stop again.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Dennis Thorgesen 4 years ago from Central United States

      Interesting concept. People have junk drawers? We have no room to waste in our drawers. "There is a place for everything and everything is in its place." This is the way it has been for over two years. When you never know from day to day how many people will be visiting or living short or long term you have to be able to know where things are. I sit in my office and say it is in the third drawer down. Then say its in the front on the right, back on the left, or in the middle.

      The only area where there are times I don't know where thing are is in the four car garage. From October to March I am rarely in it. People use the "things" which are there and don't return them to their place.

      They sometimes get upset when I say its time to clean it. I sit and give directions and they have to do the work. My feelings are I am not the one who made the mess, and many times I can't physically put it in order by myself. During the summer I receive phone calls or people pop in and ask to borrow "things." Once the garage is in order I can again sit in my office and tell them exactly where what they want is.

      Is my mind as in order? For the most part. There isn't much room for junk there either. When a person runs a corporation about every free section of the brain has to contain what is necessary to keep the business running.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Dennis... good of you to stop in for a visit and leave a wonderful comment. Over the years I have been working to reduce the clutter. Many I have come to know are the recipients of some good stuff to help them establish a new home.

      It is far to easy to allow the clutter to build and the garage is all my doing lol... so I have to do the honours.

      Hugs from Canada

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I've tried journaling, and for me, it never seems to stick. I wish I could, but I have a hard time being consistent, or maybe "committed". Anyway, thanks for all your good thoughts. Voted up and useful.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... it is a discipline... someone once told me to keep notes as I do my Bible study. The points that are laid on my heart. Then after create with what is on your mind, how it has left and impression on you or maybe something that has happened in the past. Just a thought...

      Hugs and Blessings again

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, as always I have enjoyed your company and the fireside chat.

      I am not very good at keeping a journal, but must persevere as it's so worthwhile for many reasons.

      Loved the message and sending hugs to Canada, best wishes Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Lesley... good to see you again and be able to say hello. Journals are important for many reasons. They are hard work and require some commitment but to be able to go back a few months or years and see what you were thinking or doing at the time is very rewarding.

      Hugs from Canada

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