Friday, August 15, 2008

Top 10 Reasons to keep a Journal

I have struggled my whole life to regularly keep a journal. I know I should, and I start journals, write every day or so for a few weeks, then promptly forget about them. Blogging has been a little bit like a journal, but I keep one that is more in depth with the day-to-day happenings.

My dad was always great at keeping a journal. (I'm not sure if he still keeps one. Do you, Dad?) I remember him sitting down and writing in his big hardbound journal after dinner. I also remember times when we would be talking about something that happened, then not recall just when it was, and Dad would say,"Hold on, I'll look it up in my journal." Wouldn't it be nice to be able to do that?

I ran across this "Top 10" list. Just picture me on with David Letterman reading this to you.

10. Journaling helps exercise writing skills and explore talents.

9. Journaling is a simple and easy task that provides an invaluable source of history to look back on.

8. Recording life experiences helps to know oneself better.

7. Recording personal trials and emotions can reduce stress and help in the healing process.

6. Keeping a record of daily events, facts, and feelings can enhance intuition and creativity.

5. Recording daily occurrences and personal feelings helps foster personal growth.

4. Looking back at personal experiences can help when analyzing situations and solving problems.

3. Daily journaling sets an example for children and other family members to follow.

2. A journal captures a life story for oneself and for posterity.

And the number one reason to keep a journal:

1. Keeping a journal helps you see how God has touched your life.

All right, now I'm going to go write in my journal.


Mandy said...

Annie, first, I am laughing because I was thinking about making a weekly top 10 of different things because I just love list and then I clicked over to your blog and there you have a list for me to enjoy! :-)

I am using my blog as my journal but like you have one on the side for the personal, spiritual experiences.

Tara said...

star wars? what'd I say from that?

Tara said...

ah...gotcha...yeah I tend to do that once and awhile...

and no you haven't but I do agree! It's stupid! Although sometimes you have to do it and sometimes not....weird...

Munchkins and Music said...

I got to be better!!

My Ice Cream Diary said...

This is why I continue to blog even when I feel there are other things I should be doing. Blogging is the closest I've ever come to keeping a journal regularly.

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