I will be writing in a journal — you know, old school write? Dominique and I decided this would be a great activity to do together and I think there will be big benefit from doing so. So today I will write (on yesterday’s topic). Dominique picked our first topic — “Something I’m upset about.” Wow. So I’ll write about something I’m upset about, and as I sit here and consider that, I am thankful for the blessing that an old school journal will bring. It will be me, my thoughts and that’s it — no public display, no soap box, no platform for discussion, just me and what I was upset by. The intention is that I will share my thoughts with Dominique and she’ll share her thoughts back.
Often, I wonder what we miss by not having human interaction in conversation, what part of us is simply going away without even being aware that it’s happening. It’s true when I consider that my son’s preferred method of communication is a series of text messages that I can never seem to keep up with. And then, to use a Colorado Youth at Risk “ism” I walk around the “Perspective Box” look at things from a different view and get to consider the freedom in writing and that sometimes, that is really a more powerful choice. It keeps me from saying those things that I can’t take back, I can go edit, and for me, that can really be a gift. I imagine that it can for many.
So consider a journal… no need to write the next great American novel, but I wonder what you might find.