I picked up a previous journal by mistake this morning. It opened to the following:
Written June 2020
I had this moment of clarity last night. Now, while I have written in a journal on and off for a few years, I sometimes think my insights are profound enough to share. I have yet to have many people confirm that though and so this morning, as I write about this, I am suddenly answered with:
“Yes but have the insights helped you?”
That stopped me in my tracks. Hello? Who’s talking to me?
“Have the insights helped you?”
it asked again!
“Yes. Yes they have!”
Then the thought continued:
“Well if the insight has helped you then it has done it’s job. Have you grown? Did you feel guided?”
“Yes. Yes. Yes.” I replied
“Well good,” it went on. “Now burn all those past journals. Who do you think will actually want to spend their moments reading about your moments?”
The Power of Journal Writing
The power of journal writing comes when you share your thoughts in a journal and the journal responds! You know you’ve transcended.
I read, awhile back, about the concept of Morning Pages. Julia Cameron wrote about it. Write 3 pages a day, in long hand, every day. Write whatever enters your mind. Keep writing even when you feel you have nothing to share. It’s usually at the very end of the third page where inspiration/insight will leap onto the page.
Insights. Lightbulb Moments!
Probably obvious to others but might be a revelation to you. It’s those moments that inspire a new way of thinking, a new direction. It might be an inspiration that opens a door or maybe just a window with a different view.
My journal writing experience has brought so many aha moments that I have been endlessly entertained but this one jumps out at me.
“Why would others want to spent their moments reading about your moments?”
I’m reflecting on this in my journal this morning and I am now at the bottom of page three and here is what I think…
- Sometimes someone else’s words help to formulate your thoughts.
- Sometimes someone else’s experiences resonate with your own and you no longer feel alone or lost
- Sometimes spending time in someone else’s moments helps develop new insights for you.
And so, although the journal suggested that I burn my previously recorded moments, I did not. Journal after journal stacked high. If someone chooses to spend their moments reading my moments, that will be their choice.
In the meantime, I am happily writing 3 pages a day and letting my journal lead me to my next insight.