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Exploring the Journal

Dear Diary,

Tomorrow is the first day of school. I hope I don't wake up with a pimple in the middle of my forehead. I need to make a good impression.

Go ahead and laugh. I know too many among us who can relate to this diary entry. After all, most of us kept diaries back in the days when dances and the opposite sex dominated our thoughts, and those are the sorts of things we wrote about.

Now, in a more mature stage of life, you've decided to keep a journal again, to keep a contemporary account of your life. But I warn you, keeping a journal can be habit-forming. One day, you'll wake up and realize you have reaped benefits you never dreamed of.

Chapter 1 - Journals - a Quick and Dirty History

We all think about our legacy, but the shape each legacy takes is different for everyone. Many people consider their children and grandchildren as their legacy and thus focus much of their energy on raising the best family they can. Others see their legacy in their professional lives, devoting endless hours to their careers. Many selfless people consider their bequest to the future as the work they do to help those in need - whether spiritually, economically, or emotionally. We all want something of ourselves to continue after we're gone, and journals provide a great way to help us leave concrete evidence of our existence. For many people, the journals become like a treasure trove of experiences and lessons, and after they die, those left behind view them as treasured mementos, a legacy far more valuable than gold.

A journal, on its simplest level, provides a home for our memories. If written from the heart and with a purpose, however, it becomes the vehicle that takes part of us - our heart, soul, and emotions - into the future.

Through our journals, we learn about ourselves and, in turn, leave those lessons for the future. As has always been the case with our species, the wise among us look to the past, learn from it, and step more confidently into the future.

With that in mind, let us look to the past to learn something more of this marvelous tool called a journal.


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