Through the simple act of writing a thought down, you are manifesting an idea, and allowing it to take shape into something wonderful.
I have journaled for most of my life. I have always loved the idea of crystallising my thoughts onto paper. Sometimes it’s just the musings of my mind, and other times, it’s a therapeutic process of reflection, gratitude and healing.
Throughout history, many scientists, artists, explorers and extraordinary people have captured their thoughts and reflections about the world they live in, in journals. Conversations with myself is a moving collection of Nelson Mandela’s letters and diary entries, and The Diary of a Young Girl (also known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is said to be one of the most widely read books.
Anne Frank received her diary as a gift on her 13th birthday. In her own words, she journaled “because paper has more patience than people.” Singer Jessica Simpson uses her journal as therapy and her entries of heartbreak and perseverance inspire her music.
A journal is a silent recorder of your thoughts, without judgement or objection, and people journal for many different reasons: as a narrative of their lives, to plan for dreams, to share and attract positive energy, or as a form of self-therapy. Some people simply journal to capture their own brilliant ideas, and others use the power of the written word to figure themselves out. Novelist Flannery O’Connor says: “I write to discover what I know.”
I have a habit of rereading all my journals over the December holiday period. I love reflecting on how far I’ve come in my life journey. I spend time reminiscing on the people in my life – some who have joined my journey for a short time, and others who are still on the path with me. I track how my children have developed and take time to read through and decipher my observations, ideas and emotions. I find a lot of healing takes place in this process. Without fail, I am always filled with gratitude for all the components in my life that make up my journey. It gives me strength and resilience and the deeper knowledge that I can overcome any obstacle in my way.
Revisiting your journals holds many lessons. You can track your past struggles and victories, and acknowledge your achievements. Each journal entry reveals a memory, and with each memory comes a lesson. Courage is often the most revealing lesson of them all. Knowing that you have the courage and the strength to overcome life’s challenges and to do what needs to be done to change your world.
Why not take some time this holiday season to reflect on the things that mean the most to you? You will be surprised at the gratitude and contentment it cultivates, as well as the realisation that true joy is making the most of your life with what and who you have in your life. It is not about the pursuit of money for the sake of it, but the pursuit of emotional and spiritual joy. Apart from the many benefits of journaling, it also puts money in its right place – as an enabler of your wonderful life.
Wishing you all a restful and peaceful holiday season, and always remember, when it comes to your money, be inspired, be brave and be on purpose,