Journaling - The Write Stuff For You?

Posted by Ginger, Volunteer Mentor @gingerw, Fri, Jun 19 7:06pm

Long ago –okay, for me, it was long ago!- it was common for a young person to keep a diary, a place to write down the heartaches and giggles of growing up, the trials and tribulations of school, friendships, sports and activities. Sometimes it was a locked book, so that we felt secure knowing our secret thought remained a secret.

How times have changed! While I no longer keep a classic diary, it is no less important for me to write down thoughts, ideas, and heaven-knows-what, on a regular basis. Nowadays, the common name is a “journal”, and seems to appeal to every segment of society. There are an abundance of ways to do this, and so many reasons why. Although I prefer longhand, many people use a computer, and there are any number of prompts/styles/methods.

Let’s explore this together!

Do you journal? What prompted you to start? What would you tell someone who wants to start?

Did you write today? Are your pages showing fireworks in words or in drawings? Did you talk about what this holiday meant to you as a child?

When I worked in the law enforcement field, I worked every holiday. Since I had no kids, I wanted to let those who did, share it with their families. One 4th of July, as I got off shift at 9pm, I sat on the trunk of my car in the parking lot of the facility. Turning to my left, I could see a fireworks show going off over the harbor. And then, turning to my right, there was another display set off at the university football field. Quite a celebration.

Let's share.
Ginger

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@gingerw

Did you write today? Are your pages showing fireworks in words or in drawings? Did you talk about what this holiday meant to you as a child?

When I worked in the law enforcement field, I worked every holiday. Since I had no kids, I wanted to let those who did, share it with their families. One 4th of July, as I got off shift at 9pm, I sat on the trunk of my car in the parking lot of the facility. Turning to my left, I could see a fireworks show going off over the harbor. And then, turning to my right, there was another display set off at the university football field. Quite a celebration.

Let's share.
Ginger

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@gingerw Hi Ginger,

Thanks for the reminder that holidays are great times to journal and write. Holidays, even the 4th of July, with its fireworks and gaiety can be times of remembrance of times past, people who are no longer with us, and the general uncertainty of the world where we reside today. For some of us who grew up with alcoholism or other addictions, this holiday was just like the others. The unfortunate time to drink too much and become abusive.

This is also a time when we can remember better days in the past where we had more energy, youth, and a more positive spirit. Losses seem to be profound on a holiday.

Well, it is time to stop posting and start writing. What about the rest of you? What will you be writing about today?

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@hopeful33250

@gingerw Hi Ginger,

Thanks for the reminder that holidays are great times to journal and write. Holidays, even the 4th of July, with its fireworks and gaiety can be times of remembrance of times past, people who are no longer with us, and the general uncertainty of the world where we reside today. For some of us who grew up with alcoholism or other addictions, this holiday was just like the others. The unfortunate time to drink too much and become abusive.

This is also a time when we can remember better days in the past where we had more energy, youth, and a more positive spirit. Losses seem to be profound on a holiday.

Well, it is time to stop posting and start writing. What about the rest of you? What will you be writing about today?

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Writing down the memories is a good way to be thankful for the good times we have had.

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@0616

Writing down the memories is a good way to be thankful for the good times we have had.

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@0616 Good thought! A gratitude journal is important. Do you keep a gratitude journal, @0616?

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@hopeful33250

@0616 Good thought! A gratitude journal is important. Do you keep a gratitude journal, @0616?

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Just a thought based on the suggestion of @0616, does any keep a gratitude journal? If so, share a bit about your gratitude journal. Do you write every day? What time of day?

I'd love to hear more about gratitude journals.

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@hopeful33250

Just a thought based on the suggestion of @0616, does any keep a gratitude journal? If so, share a bit about your gratitude journal. Do you write every day? What time of day?

I'd love to hear more about gratitude journals.

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@hopeful33250, Hi, Teresa, as a long time journaler, I began keeping a gratitude journal at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. Learned long ago that using a mundane, college ruled spiral notebook made my journaling more "user friendly" than the fancier ones. And an added benefit was that pages written during times of crisis, anger, and what I might not want another to come upon later made later ripping out those entries easy.

Upon waking each morning, I jot down a few gratitudes and do the same again as I go to bed each night. I work at listing things not mentioned before. Sometimes that proves a more difficult challenge than I can manage. However, the daily twice/day ritual of just recording something is helping keep my focus more positive.

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I’m new here and never kept a journal before. After my wife of 52 years passed away in February I began to feel a little isolated even though my children and grandchildren visited at least weekly. Then in March I decided to take a trip to Louisiana to visit my siblings. Leaving Phoenix on March 14 pulling my RV I fully intended to be gone about ten days. Needless to say by the time I arrived here three days later the whole world had been shut down by the COVID 19 pandemic and now I find myself in a rural setting, living in my small RV and mostly isolated. That prompts me to start a journal on my phone. Today is day one.

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@oxbeaux

I’m new here and never kept a journal before. After my wife of 52 years passed away in February I began to feel a little isolated even though my children and grandchildren visited at least weekly. Then in March I decided to take a trip to Louisiana to visit my siblings. Leaving Phoenix on March 14 pulling my RV I fully intended to be gone about ten days. Needless to say by the time I arrived here three days later the whole world had been shut down by the COVID 19 pandemic and now I find myself in a rural setting, living in my small RV and mostly isolated. That prompts me to start a journal on my phone. Today is day one.

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Good morning @oxbeaux. Welcome to Connect. I am reading your post and feeling heartbroken for your loss. It sounds like you have made your journey one of remembrance and a process for letting go.

How is your health? Have you had to wait for the Covid 19 to stop interfering with your progress?

Ya know @oxbeaux, you have landed in a community of caring folks. We are not medical practitioners, just patients and caregivers who will join hands and hearts with you as you progress to define your life.

You don’t have to be alone. In fact you may appreciate some quiet time…not lonely, just relaxed and in the process of discovery. Most of us on connect have had to confront isolation and the curtailment of social activities.

Would you be able to tell us how your wife passed? How many siblings do you have? Are you in New Orleans or somewhere else in Louisiana?

Personally, I have interesting memories of New Orleans. One was labeled Hurricane Hilda. The other arrival in my life was my daughter, who was born during that frighting storm.

May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.

What do you have planned for day two?

Chris

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@oxbeaux

I’m new here and never kept a journal before. After my wife of 52 years passed away in February I began to feel a little isolated even though my children and grandchildren visited at least weekly. Then in March I decided to take a trip to Louisiana to visit my siblings. Leaving Phoenix on March 14 pulling my RV I fully intended to be gone about ten days. Needless to say by the time I arrived here three days later the whole world had been shut down by the COVID 19 pandemic and now I find myself in a rural setting, living in my small RV and mostly isolated. That prompts me to start a journal on my phone. Today is day one.

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@oxbeaux Welcome and congratulations. I journal intermittently and prefer writing on paper, but do what works for you. I am rather resistant to using my phone for anything other than phone calls and brief messages. I also found Covid quarantining more confining than my usual isolation. My personal behavior did not change much, but not having the input from activities in the outside world really threw me off. I am better now, but this hit me hard and fast and I am not fully recovered emotionally. Come here to talk any day. You will be welcomed by all.

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@oxbeaux

I’m new here and never kept a journal before. After my wife of 52 years passed away in February I began to feel a little isolated even though my children and grandchildren visited at least weekly. Then in March I decided to take a trip to Louisiana to visit my siblings. Leaving Phoenix on March 14 pulling my RV I fully intended to be gone about ten days. Needless to say by the time I arrived here three days later the whole world had been shut down by the COVID 19 pandemic and now I find myself in a rural setting, living in my small RV and mostly isolated. That prompts me to start a journal on my phone. Today is day one.

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@oxbeaux As in any endeavor, there is always a "day one". Applauding your first day, and the bravery to start. I read your post this morning before heading out to do a bit of yard work. It gave me great food for thought, as my hands were busy yanking at unwanted growth [weeds]. Any form we use to get thoughts down is what works for us that day. Another time we might choose to use pen and paper, or draw out out thoughts/feelings, or cut out images from a printed source. Place a clipping from the newspaper or magazine that speaks to us, then write how it affects us. Mementos that mean something to us. It's all good!

Condolences on your recent loss, and now the big change in your life as you left what was familiar and ventured into your siblings' territory. Has your RV become a welcome respite for you, or are you planning your return to Phoenix area soon? Your journal is literally an open book for you to explore yourself, and your surrounding world.

Thank you for joining us here, please come back when you can. We can pretty much promise to be here and be of whatever support you need!
Ginger

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@oxbeaux

I’m new here and never kept a journal before. After my wife of 52 years passed away in February I began to feel a little isolated even though my children and grandchildren visited at least weekly. Then in March I decided to take a trip to Louisiana to visit my siblings. Leaving Phoenix on March 14 pulling my RV I fully intended to be gone about ten days. Needless to say by the time I arrived here three days later the whole world had been shut down by the COVID 19 pandemic and now I find myself in a rural setting, living in my small RV and mostly isolated. That prompts me to start a journal on my phone. Today is day one.

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@oxbeaux First of all welcome! Secondly sorry for your loss. Next BRAVO on your special journey in journaling! There's so many nice people here…glad you connected. Please continue to share and how we can be of help.

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@oxbeaux Here's some discussions on the topic of journaling to hopefully encourage and inspire you!

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@artscaping

Good morning @oxbeaux. Welcome to Connect. I am reading your post and feeling heartbroken for your loss. It sounds like you have made your journey one of remembrance and a process for letting go.

How is your health? Have you had to wait for the Covid 19 to stop interfering with your progress?

Ya know @oxbeaux, you have landed in a community of caring folks. We are not medical practitioners, just patients and caregivers who will join hands and hearts with you as you progress to define your life.

You don’t have to be alone. In fact you may appreciate some quiet time…not lonely, just relaxed and in the process of discovery. Most of us on connect have had to confront isolation and the curtailment of social activities.

Would you be able to tell us how your wife passed? How many siblings do you have? Are you in New Orleans or somewhere else in Louisiana?

Personally, I have interesting memories of New Orleans. One was labeled Hurricane Hilda. The other arrival in my life was my daughter, who was born during that frighting storm.

May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.

What do you have planned for day two?

Chris

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My wife passed after a long struggle with COPD. After a bout of pneumonia in late December she was released to home hospice care with the help of Hospice Of The Valley I was able to keep her comfortable and pain free. She passed on February 15th at home peacefully and in the presence of myself and her three daughters.
I’m in SW Louisiana on the Mermentau River. Very rural isolated community in the marsh. Suits me right now

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@oxbeaux

My wife passed after a long struggle with COPD. After a bout of pneumonia in late December she was released to home hospice care with the help of Hospice Of The Valley I was able to keep her comfortable and pain free. She passed on February 15th at home peacefully and in the presence of myself and her three daughters.
I’m in SW Louisiana on the Mermentau River. Very rural isolated community in the marsh. Suits me right now

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What a blessing for you and your wife to be together which also shows the love. Thank you for sharing by writing. Am touched by your courage.

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@oxbeaux

My wife passed after a long struggle with COPD. After a bout of pneumonia in late December she was released to home hospice care with the help of Hospice Of The Valley I was able to keep her comfortable and pain free. She passed on February 15th at home peacefully and in the presence of myself and her three daughters.
I’m in SW Louisiana on the Mermentau River. Very rural isolated community in the marsh. Suits me right now

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@oxbeau How is your journaling project going? Your wife's passing then the journey across country have been a profound impact on your life. Do you have a companion pet to keep you company?

I have read that people will keep several journals going at once. One for traveling, one for dreams, one for emotions, one for daily writings, and so on. What does everyone here do?

While I keep a journal for daily writings, I also have one that is used for my poetry and commentary, only. I have decided to go back to a 30 day challenge done long ago. Each day, there is a topic already chosen. Now, to decide whether to use my daily journal or dedicate one special one? While moving a bookcase this weekend, I shifted things and found yet more blank journals. Gosh, I can never complain about not having anything to write/draw in!

To the readers of this thread, how has your journaling been going? What have you noticed your trend is? Morning or evening? How has journaling helped your physical and mental health? Longhand, or computer?
Ginger

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