Friday, March 26, 2010

Betty's Journal



One of my favorite presents of all time is my 10-year journal. Sonny Boy got it for me four years ago. Every night I enter four fascinatin' lines about my day. The journal started in 2006 and ends in 2016. It is so much fun to look back and see what I was doing four years ago, three years ago...well, you get the idea.

I have a collection of journals from my past. I used to write long, involved entries. Reading them now is rather a painful experience, as I look back at that girl I used to be and wonder why she couldn't see what is so painfully clear to me now. Still, I keep them because they are a part of my life, a part of me. Someday, I will probably throw them out, but not just yet....

When kids came along, the journal entries got much shorter and more infrequent and yet they reveal that wonderful, dizzying, time as well.

(Hint to my beautiful blogger friends with small children: I wish I had had this journal when my kids were smaller. I think I could have cranked out four lines a night and now I would love to look back now and see those years lined up.)

At this point in my life, this journal is perfect for me. I like summing up my days in four lines. If I have some deep thinking to do, I grab a notebook and work it out there, but most nights, I grab my trusty green diary and write about my day. Occasionally, I look back at the past entries for the same day in years past and I always look ahead at all the wonderful, promising, clean, wide-open, full-of-possibilities blank spaces for the years ahead.


28 comments:

Sara said...

Ohmygoodness, I love this idea!! Love it to bit!! I'm putting a 10 year journal onto my next Christmas list, how exciting!!! Thank you for sharing ♥

Kearsie said...

What a fantastic idea to just write 4 lines! That totally takes the pressure off AND allows you to document!

GENIUS!!

Crystal Cook said...

This is touching and thought provoking Betty. I keep a journal that usually lists my "good things" of the day, it always has something with my children on there. It helps me see the sunshine in my life when the clouds seem to be taking over.

Thanks :) That sweet Sonny boy.

Ally said...

Wow a ten year journal is awesome! I kept journals from age 8 through my late 20s or so... I love reading diary entries from age 9 that say "I went roller skating then had Burger King" :-)


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Anna said...

This post resonated with me in that I used to be an avid journal keeper, writing long and involved posts, too. I would also re-read old entries and cringe sometimes. :) I do like this 4-lines a day idea; it makes it more manageable. Thank you for sharing!

Pat Tillett said...

Journals are awesome, but I never kept up on any of them. I admire those that can stick to it.

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

okay this I LOVE! What a fabulous way to chronicle ten years!

Just added it to my wishlist!

thanks for sharing!

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Ashley King said...

i want one!!!! i, too, have journals from my past (starting from about age 9).... my entries (in my late teens, early 20's were also extremely painful to read.... i thought, wow, i was soooo stupid!!! if only i knew then, what i knew now.....!!!! i would LOVE to be able to sum up my day in 4 sentences, but i'm SO not good at summarizing. ;) where would we be able to find one of these ten year journals? i hope you have a magnificent day and weekend!!! =)

Ms. Anthropy said...

I've got journals, too! Actually, they are more like calendars, with a few lines for each day. I wouldn't be able to remember anything without them.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

That really is a cool book.

I write on my wall calendar and have been for many years. It is nice because I can give a quick summary of the day and it isn't so daunting!

THen on New Year's Eve we read what we have done all year!

Ann said...

Great idea. I'm afraid that mine would be the same four lines over and over again. Sometimes my life feels like that movie groundhogs day :)

TS Hendrik said...

That's a pretty awesome idea. I tried to keep a journal for awhile but I just couldn't stick with it.

sarahjayne smythe said...

Wow. Great post, great idea. Thanks. :)

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

You know, this is a tremendous idea! I've bought journals in the past, and have always petered out because all those blank pages was so daunting! But I think even I could handle four lines!!

I also love the idea of looking back a year and seeing what was going on then. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda said...

Wonderful idea to look back on those special days. Good days as well as challenging ones. You don't have to write down everything but parts of days. I applaud you. It is a brave idea.

Low Expectations said...

What a fantastic idea! I wish I knew about this sooner but am so thankful to find out about it now. I used to journal a lot and, like you, would write so much detail about what was going and while that was good for me at the time, I don't have that same amount of time now to just write. I started my blog so I could spend some time writing. Now I need to find me one of those!

Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

how lovely! Where can i get one?
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Joe Cap said...

You know, I kept a 'diary' when I was a kid, and I wrote in it religiously every day between the ages of about 12 and 15. And they are all lost! I haven't seen them or been able to find them since before we moved the last time 14 years ago, so they really are gone gone.
That is one reason why I often blog about life experiences now, past and present. I don't want to lose any of my memories.

Joann Mannix said...

I love my journals. Just the other day I was showing my girls my diary from my 10 year old heart. Such a wonderful keepsake, to remember what your thoughts were at any given time in your life.

Alissa said...

I like the idea of a 10 year journal. I've been a not quite reliable journaler since college, but I don't write something every day and some entries go on for several pages and others are just a quick sentence or two. The four line things sounds very reasonable.

Anonymous said...

I want one!!! calling all creative bloggers - make one and I'll take 4! I want one for my daughter, one for myself, one for my soul sister and and extra one, incase I spoil or soil mine (I am a "spare" horder)

YOU entertain me BossAY BETTAY!!! Thank you for that :)

I feel better ever time I read you. xo GreenMonkeyME

p.s. "PUSNARGE" what the f*&@ is a "pusnarge" (my word verification)
whatever it is, I'm pretty sure I want one!

pp.s. I'm on Romantic Holiday leave, with ...the HUSBAND..Imagine that! I'm smuggled in the laptop. I'm crouched in the bathtub with the curtain drawn, door locked...shhhh

I've discovered that reading my favorite blogs and commenting has replaced my urge to facebook. THANK YOU BOSSY!!!!

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Cyn said...

Wonderful! I too have a stack of journals from various eras of my life. It's true some are painful to read, but others bring back details about things that would have otherwise been long forgotten and irretrievably gone.
(Have I told you lately how much I love your blog?)

Cyn said...

Wonderful! I too have a stack of journals from various eras of my life. It's true some are painful to read, but others bring back details about things that would have otherwise been long forgotten and irretrievably gone.
My old appointment books also evoke an onslaught of memory even in a sparse handful of words. I suppose all of this stuff will ultimately end up in a trash bin, but in the meantime it's like the personal archives of my life. My blog now saves a lot of paper. (Have I told you lately how much I love YOUR blog? And I am envious that so many of your readers actually leave comments.)

CRAZYMOM said...

This is a really great idea! I used to hate journaling because I feared I would pour my heart out and someone would find it and read my innermost thoughts. I guess I got over that, now that I am blogging. :)

Anonymous said...

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