September 22, 2011

Dear Diary: Protect my Words and my Heart

Today, September 22nd, is Dear Diary Day. Months ago, I ran across information on this special day and knew it was post-worthy. You don't need to be a writer to appreciate the value of words. Words helps us express emotion and desire, catalog memories, and communicate ideas.

For mothers, remember all the cute things your toddler has said. Their words, so priceless when said, are often lost in the shuffle of life. Take a moment, write them down. Before you know it, they'll be packing for college.

For writers, keep a journal in your car, purse, everywhere. Write every thing you see, feel, touch, taste... detail any sensory experience. Keep it for scenes and inspiration. Write whenever something touches you.

For readers, write down how your favorite book makes you feel. A friend recently gave me a book lover's journal to record cherished moments from books. I want to remember why it touched me, not just that it did.

For people struggling, write it down and let it go. Sometimes expressing your thoughts in words, in a private place, can be the first step to healing. The paper won't judge you. It takes your words without opinion. Close the cover and revisit it as you can.

Part of the inspiration for Depression Cookies came from finding my teenage diaries during a move. As soon as I read the words, the emotions were so clear. Fears, desires, disappointments... all protected in a red velvet-covered diary with a broken lock. Some things were forgotten, but came rushing back with the power of the written details.

May today remind you to record your thoughts, no matter your profession. Those words will always mean something. A diary or journal can be the simplest way to protect your heart.

Do you journal? Will you start?


bookworm said...

I never kept a journal or a diary, even though when I was a little girl (too many years ago) diaries were very popular. What I used to do is write letters and then tear them up. Now that I've read your post I scratch my head and wonder why I never did keep a diary. It would have been a window into the person I was then. In a way, my blog will be that window into the present me, years from now (if there is still an Internet.)

Jennifer Pickrell said...

Yep, I've been journaling since I was nine. I don't always remember to write every day (or even every week), but I don't think I could ever completely break the habit. I love looking back years later, to see what I was up to.

Tia Bach said...

Wow, Jennifer. I'm impressed. I need to be better, especially detailing my children. I know I'll never regret having that word picture of their growing up. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

Tia Bach said...

Alana, I totally agree about the blog. It'll definitely be a piece of me I can go back and appreciate. Still, I need to be better about journaling.

Thanks for always stopping by!