I received this on Saturday and I am borrowing it - in it's entirety because it fits so well with what has been going on in my life, my Blog, and my beliefs - and the timing for me right now - is incredibly apropos . . .
"Life is a celebration of passionate colors! November 22 ~ Moments of Revelation"
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"The diary taught me that it is in the moments of emotional crisis
that human beings reveal themselves most accurately. I learned to
choose the heightened moments because they are the moments of
revelation." ~ Anais Nin
The first rule in keeping a diary or journal is that there are no
rules. A way to organize, remember, and create, a journal says, "I
"A diary means 'yes indeed,'" observed writer Gertrude Stein.
A personal account, a way to discover what is REALLY going on
inside. With it, you can confidently get in touch with who you
really are. "The opening line from a journal,"said singer Judy
Collins, "can be the beginning of a song."
Journaling provides clarity, discovery, and authentic
expression. "The difficulties we encounter in our life are like
logs; our inner life is like a flame. What we need is a safe way to
burn the logs," revealed Ira Progoff, called the "Father of Journal
A self-portrait and self-inventory, a journal can be a springboard
to put the present into perspective or a way to decide and take
Famous diarist Virginia Woolf once explained, "The past is beautiful
because one never realizes an emotion at the time. It expands later,
and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only
about the past."
Write without worrying about punctuations. Be ready for the
unexpectedly profound result or fresh perspective. "I never know
what I think about something," said writer William Faulkner, "until
I read what I've written on it."
A journal is a safe place, a haven. Step barefoot through the pages.
This is for YOU: a private place for growth, gratitude, and
discovery. Remember overheard dialogue. Record a dream or memory.
"A journal gives you total control," explained counselor Ann
Pardo. "Writing entries is also validating because you can see
something tangible right there in front of you."
Just grab a lined or unlined notebook. Experiment with different
colored pens or pencils. Have fun, play, and relax.
"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to
love the questions themselves," said writer Rainer Maria
Rilke. "Like locked rooms and like books that were written in a very
foreign tongue... and the point is to live everything. LIVE the
questions and perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it,
live along some distant day into the answer."
~~Celebrate life's heightened moments.
I love that quote - I'd be friends with Anais Nin, Virginia Woolf, and Rainer Maria Rilke - they GET life.
Chatty, still growing into the answers . . .