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Journal - My journal of gratitude - a poem and some ideas for journaling
Journaling - the habit of journaling
Writing a journal of gratitude is a wonderful way of counting your blessings and remaining happy despite life’s trials. My Journal has become a friend…. I wonder if it will some day have an opinion of its own. Will it speak of me?? Speak of my follies, of my tears of my fears??? I wonder.
Sometimes when I write down my thoughts, my thinking becomes clear. It speaks back to me, what my mind says, but puts it in different ways. When I read it again and again, it becomes the long lost friend; it helps me look at me through different lenses… but remains faithful to my thoughts…. Do you have a special friend? A Journal?
My special friend, my journal dear,
I come to see you here,
To pour out thoughts, from my heart,
To tell my story, from my part.
Is been so long, oh journal dear,
I have updated you so clear,
My thoughts, my mind was with you,
Will be there, until I am through!
Every moment I record,
Quietly treasure it in my heart,
Every feeling, every move,
Seems somehow connected to you!
I wish that it is not a passing fancy dear,
My journal, my sounding board, do you hear?
The thoughts I write are all of me,
From every fiber, of my being.
I wonder what my days would be,
If I had no friend, you see,
Will my dark days pass with ease,
May I ask you, if you please?
My journal you hold my deepest thoughts,
Upon you do I quietly foist,
My every fear and every doubt,
Every cry, my heart does shout!.
My hope, my songs, my silent dreams,
All my mind's little themes,
I wonder will I ever find,
A friend like you, my journal kind.
You listen to my meaning (?)less words
With the sweetest of smiles and nods (?),
I wonder if you think differently,
In your private thoughts.
Will you share with me, some day,
What you make of my everyday,
My thoughts of gratitude and trust,
Which I placed in you at first.
Will you just file me down,
Like many have afore done,
Will you throw away my trust,
Like a paper ripped and thrown in the dust .
Will you become my memoir?
Of all the foolish things I have done,
I hope my friend that you’ll be around,
Till my peace, I have found.
I know it sounds silly talking to a journal.. but your journal may hold more of you than you memory can withhold.... try it!!
Benefits of writing a journal
Keeping a journal is a wonderful way of looking at yourself from a detached angle.
It helps to improve your writing skills and forms the habit of writing everyday, it may even encourage you to look at your attitude towards life and write your thoughts differently everyday.
It makes you aware of the kind of thoughts and attitude you have towards life and helps you change your outlook over a period of time.
It helps you to think through your problems in a more objective manner and soon you will be able to work your way through difficult moments.
It provides a great relief for pent up emotions and helps you keep your balance.
Journal your days activity in a humorous way or like a third person, this makes it interesting and fun.
Journal your thoughts, ideas and inspiration as they come, do not worry if they seem silly or simple, they could birth a great river of creativity in you.
Journal you travels, giving accurate descriptions and add your personal impressions of people, culture, lifestyle and natural scenery. These provide great backgrounds for any creative work that you may want to take up in the future.
It helps develop your writing skills.
Express your emotions especially strong, negative ones about people who cause them well up in you. If you can exaggerate it a little, these can grow into great cartoons or funny episodes for your creative work. It helps you laugh at those things that cause stress. It is a great stress buster.
Descriptions of school life, college life etc. will provide a great picture of the times we live in.
A few photographs and scraps could add to the liveliness to your journals.
It is a great habit to form and best wishes on your journaling adventures!