SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR JOURNALS?  There is discussion (among journal keepers) on whether or not you should keep your journals over time. Some suggest getting rid of old journals because keeping them around is like hanging on to old energy and to the past.  Some say that keeping journals is sacred and rather important because it documents the unique life path that you are on, and re-reading your journals after you’ve written them can offer perspective.      
   
     “ Do what feels right to you... ” 
   
  
      I say do what feels right to you, and I choose to keep everything.  There was that one time when I threw away a poem that I’d written because I worried that someone would find it.  To this day, I regret it.  It was likely one of the best poems that I’ve written to date, and I’ll never be able to share it with anyone or read it again.  Regret.  All because I worried about what someone else would think if they read it.  It would take many years for me to sit in and feel comfortable with the truth of my life and to realize that journal keeping is “in the moment” writing, and it’s a powerful tool that supports our journey.  It would take many years to feel that my own personal experiences were valid, and the shame wasn’t in these moments that I was trying to hide, but in hiding my story for someone else’s comfort.      
   
     “ The shame wasn’t in these moments that I was trying to hide,  but in hiding my story for someone else’s comfort. ” 
   
  
      I need to write like I need to breathe, and if someone, someone who claimed to love me, read something that I wrote long ago and couldn’t handle it, wants me to pretend like it didn’t happen or didn’t exist, then perhaps, their love had quite a bit of evolving to do.   Journals aren’t meant to be read by family or friends or lovers or enemies unless they are invited.    If the boundaries of your journal are not respected, then hopefully you will be in a safe enough environment where you will be able to converse with whomever violated that boundary.  If this person is able to support your need to write in your journal, you are blessed.  If not, consider putting your journals in a safe place with a trusted friend, or some location where this person will not be able to find it.  We all have wounds to heal and issues to sort out or maybe we just had a bad day and want to handle our emotions in a healthy way by putting all those thoughts into a journal. Releasing them.  Catharting.      
   
     “ Healing comes when the inner stories  of our lives have permission to speak. ” 
   
  
      Healing comes when the inner stories of our lives have permission to speak.    If no where else, you have permission to tell your inner stories to your journal.  Once your thoughts, feelings and emotions are out on paper, out of your body, out of your hands, out of your fingers and out of your pen, you are able to take a step back and notice what you have written.  Re-read it, and discover what you need to know and what you didn’t know.   Grow, change, shift, take action or realize that you need more time with that juicy subject.   You can re-read your entry one hour later, two weeks later or 12 years later.  Each time that you re-read your entry, you will discover something.  Those discoveries are lost when we get rid of our journals.      
   
     “ Your journal is a safe place. It won’t judge you.  It receives you.  All of you.  ” 
   
  
      Your journal is a safe place.  It won’t judge you.  It receives you.  All of you.  You may decide to ceremoniously send your journal entries down the stream or let them go up in flames (safely). You may decide to keep 5 out of your 6 journal entries, and let the one go.  It’s up to you. Do what you feel is right for you.  But be certain before letting them go.     Write + In Season + Feel Better

SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR JOURNALS?

There is discussion (among journal keepers) on whether or not you should keep your journals over time. Some suggest getting rid of old journals because keeping them around is like hanging on to old energy and to the past.

Some say that keeping journals is sacred and rather important because it documents the unique life path that you are on, and re-reading your journals after you’ve written them can offer perspective.

      GET UP THERE AND SING...OR WRITE!  I’d love to be a musician who can sing at the top of my lungs or from the depth of my soul with such beauty and abandon that the audience responds with jaleos, hallelujahs or untamable cheers. Who wouldn’t want to be a songwriter capable of crafting lyrics and notes so compelling that, upon hearing them played, everyone in the room simultaneously finds themselves bursting at the seams?  …and then they all go buy guitars and form bands, join the choir or pick up a notebooks and pens and give it a go.    The Writing Season is my way of joining the band.    There are quite a few creative, talented and inspiring people in my life.  People who can take a photo that could evoke a novel, paint a picture that charms my soul, craft a lyric that brings me to tears.  People who can combine the perfect blend of spices (without a recipe) for a meal that leaves my taste buds satisfied and rested.    You know who you are  .  You are the ones who turn pieces of paper into money-making deals, spin records to make sounds that keep me on the dance floor all night long.  You pour your soul into your guitar and tell your story through a combination of golpe-tacons on top of MDF board.  Let’s expand.  When I look around, I see people who don’t necessarily have a painting to sell or a guitar to play, but I’m inspired by them just the same.  You know, the ones who wear braids in their hair (even though they are a middle-aged white boy).  They wear pink streaks in their hair, even though they qualify for the senior discount at Ross.    They’ve just found the bliss of being in love or are learning that’s it’s okay to say, “No.”  People who have recovered from sexual abuse, have lost love….are saving lives in the ER, are listening to people’s trauma and helping them transform their pain into healing. You’ve given your life over to helping the poor, you are in the throes of cancer. You are an amazing momma.  You are the devoted daddy.  I can’t think of anyone I know who doesn’t inspire me in some way.    YOU INSPIRE M  E because you are YOU  !   Yes, this is a love fest.  Like I said, The Writing Season is my band, or maybe just a holler back at you…or the part of my story where I stop hiding behind the curtains, overcome fears and finally get up on stage to do my thing. Please feel free to respond with cheers, hallelujahs or jaleos…or be inspired to create your own band, use writing in your own life, or simply connect with me. Just don’t throw tomatoes yet.  It might make me cry.      Write | In Season | Feel Better

 

GET UP THERE AND SING...OR WRITE!

I’d love to be a musician who can sing at the top of my lungs or from the depth of my soul with such beauty and abandon that the audience responds with jaleos, hallelujahs or untamable cheers. Who wouldn’t want to be a songwriter capable of crafting lyrics and notes so compelling that, upon hearing them played, everyone in the room simultaneously finds themselves bursting at the seams?