Just finished reading my Human Resources chapter. I want to make sure I don’t have to worry over the weekend about any pending reading material for any of my classes. I fully intend to enjoy this long weekend! I’ve got lots of fun stuff planned for us. Now I’m just jotting down some thoughts in my journal and listening to the amazing talent on this season’s The Voice. I actually think Amber Carrington sings this song better than Rhianna.
Yes, I write in a journal. I’ve been keeping a journal sporadically since high school but a lot more consistently in the last five years. There is a real sense of catharsis in scribbling one’s thoughts out on paper. So, tonight’s thoughts…I starting jotting down all of the wonderful characters that I run into at work and work with on a daily basis. I work with some pretty interesting people; some stand out more than others. But today for some reason I was thinking about how truly different we all are and yet, we get along so well. Of course, being the consummate multi-tasker that I am, at the same time I was also making an album of me and my little person. Random and unrelated, I know. I’ll share a couple of pics with you.
I digress. Back to the journal. I’m not the most expressive person so I sincerely use my journal as my venting mechanism. I don’t write about anything particularly important; just my thoughts and feelings. For some reason, whenever I open my journal I always think of the words I heard Oprah say once “I actually have written in my will and testament that when I die, Gail is responsible for burning every single one of my diaries before anyone can get their hands on them.” When I heard her say that, I thought to myself “What a brilliant idea! Oh but wait, I don’t have anyone in my life that I trust; hence the reason for the journal.” LOL! My baby was two at the time so she didn’t count.
Now that my baby is older, I trust her implicitly with my journals, finances, ashes, etc… I truly pray she won’t procrastinate and will be swift to burn every last page before it falls into the wrong hands. Hahaha… A friend once made a comment that resonated with me. He came over to hang out. I had accidentally left out my journal on top of the sofa and only noticed it when I had turned on the TV and went to sit on the sofa. He actually sat right next to it and grabbed the notebook to move it. I politely asked him not to open it. He assured me he would never do such a thing and that in fact, he kept a journal as well. The person that he had been previously married to had invaded his privacy once and read it without his permission. She misconstrued some feelings that he had written about and the damage to the relationship was irreparable. Incredibly, that one incident, was the catalyst for what was ultimately the rupture of their marriage.
Journals are for candidly speaking the truths that only you are able to bear and would never dare share with others. You wouldn’t want your words to be misconstrued. Point being…yes, it’s helpful to keep a journal but definitely make sure you have assigned someone that you trust to burn them all after your death. .. Ha!
Goodnight, much love!