I have been blogging for almost fifteen years now, thirteen of them here at RJsCorner. I will soon exceed 5,000 posts here, and for the last five years or so, the posts are, as my header says, is a daily journal about my view of the world. I don’t imagine very many of you have visited older posts I have written over the years, but I like to look back and see where I was back then, compared to where I am now. For me, that’s what journaling is all about. It provides a record of my daily thoughts and is a good monitor for my progress, or lack thereof, and how my beliefs have evolved, and sadly, where I have failed to take intended action. Journaling is very therapeutic.
Writing down emotions and acknowledging traumatic events have positive effects and as researchers have shown actually improves your moods. Some think RJsCorner is a little too personal to be on the web. Most people will not bare themselves as I do. I think my Aspie traits have something to do with this. I am just more uninhibited than most.
I publicly journal so that others can see that maybe their thoughts and views are not as strange as they imagined. I do it so that maybe others can learn from my experiences and not have to make the same mistakes. I will admit that I keep two sets of books, so to speak. Yes, some thoughts are just too personal for public view, even for me. 😎
Putting words to paper, even virtually, makes the thoughts permanent. Putting them out for others to see shares them, and therefore relieves some of the inner tension that often results from the issues I discuss.
I liked the New York Times recent article about journaling. That is where the graphic above came from. Maybe I need to do “a circle my mood” like that in my daily journal post. I liked one of the references in that article that said journaling has taught me is that the mind is a surprising place. I don’t often don’t realize what I am going to say until I start putting it down on paper. Many posts I write start off on with one topic in mind and end up about an entirely different matter. That still pleasantly surprises me every time it happens.
Journaling, try it, you’ll like it.
Even if you don’t care to share your journal thoughts, they will be a positive plus in your life.
I want to close this post with a quote from the article. Click HERE if you want to see the entire NYT article.
Ms. Cameron encourages practitioners to think of them as “brain drain,” a way to expel “all that angry, petty, whiny stuff” that “eddies through our subconscious and muddies our days.” After years working as a writer and journalist, making my living trying to sound smart on the page, this was a huge relief.
I like the idea of a brain drain, that rids us of all the trash that often accumulates there.