Text: “Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 3:3)
We often have racing thoughts, which basically go nowhere. Especially if we are upset or in emotional turmoil. How do we sort them out? How do we get a sense of perspective? It can help if we write them down. This puts our thoughts on a page.
In previous generations it was common to have a diary. Has anyone done that for a time? Or now? Today most people post on Facebook or use social media. But that is hardly a private space. I would like to focus today on the therapeutic and spiritual value of having a journal.
Keeping a journal is natural and straightforward. You write your experiences, thoughts, and feelings down on the page. This can take many forms such as a paper diary or on your computer in a word document. You can be creative using photos or drawings or art. Think of mediaeval manuscripts which incorporated words with art and often playful cartoonlike images. See the novel by the local author Robin Cadwallader with her Book of Colours.
The writing of a journal, can be a private experience and not to be shared with others unless by your choice. So consider security, perhaps with a locked file or password USB.[Read more…]