Two quotes caught my attention today - both about the importance of journaling. One speaks to journaling for the sake of processing your own life. The other addresses the need for solitude in order to find inspiration. My aha came when I looked up more information on each author and found they were both deceased. If they hadn't written or journaled, their words would have been lost.
"There are many good reasons for writing that have nothing to do with being published. Writing is a powerful search mechanism, and one of its satisfactions is that it allows you to come to terms with your life narrative."
William Zinsser, writer (October 7, 1922 - May 12, 2015)
“The development of sensibility is the most important thing for children and adults alike, but is much more possible for children…. Adults are very busy, taught to run all the time. You cannot run and be very aware of your inspirations.”
Agnes Martin, writer (March 22, 1912–December 16, 2004)
When I journal, thoughts come to me that would not formulate if I didn't take the time to process through heart to hand writing. My thought process is much more fluid and intuitive if I'm not using a keyboard. My pen often surprises me with unexpected thoughts, insights and inspiration!
Each of us has a unique perspective based on our experiences and perceptions that will be lost if not captured. We all have stories to tell and insights to share. If you haven't journaled, you might want to begin by simply making a list of 10 places you'd like to visit, or 100 things that make you grateful. Which leads me to a quote by another writer who is no longer here.
"We like lists because we don't want to die."
Umberto Eco, semiolician, writer (January 5, 1932 - February 19, 2016
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
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