Self-discovery Through Journaling
Some thoughts on journaling
The fact that one journals indicates that he or she believes what is written is worth preserving - that it has a value that will continue past the present time. Journaling is a self-affirmation - an indicator that a person values self in a much deeper way than spending money, collecting things or even pampering one's self. To share these deep thoughts and emotions with another is a high honor and should only be done with those who understand the preciousness of being invited into another's private world.
" The unexamined life is not worth living. "
Plato quoting Socrates, The Republic
"A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one. "
"In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. He lets down, as it were, a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach. He mixes this thing with his normal experiences, and out of the mixture he makes a work of art. "
E. M. Forster
Famous journalers of the past:
Samuel Pepys (Englishman, 17th century)
George Templeton Strong (American, early 19th century)
Anne Frank (Dutch Jewish girl, World War II)
George Sand (French novelist)
Henry David Thoreau (American, 14 volumes of his journals were published)
Harry S. Truman (American president, Harry S. Truman in His Own Words)
Margaret Bourke-White (American photographer, burned journals before death)
Winston Churchill (British statesman and Prime Minister)
Twenty-one reasons to journal