Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. Gretchen Rubin
I love journals. I can spend hours (no, really...) choosing a new journal from the many choices available: soft, muted colours with pastel pages, vibrant splashes of colour and corresponding page images, retro styles, beautiful cover images, pages lined with inspirational quotes, spiral bound, padded hardcover... it's so hard to choose. I'm as bad as a child in an icecream parlour.
The real difficulty of keeping a journal
But then, there's another problem... maintaining a regular continuity in my journal entries once I've bought and started my new journal.
Jeff Goins once stated, 'Habits practised once a week aren't habits at all. They're obligations.'
Yes, it's true. I really want to establish a regular journalling habit. I want to squeeze some extra enjoyment out of the small, everyday details that are often forgotten noting them in my journal. I want to relive those fleeting moments again in my leisure and feel my mood lighten as I re-read them in my journal.
But... everyone echoes the refrain... 'Life is just so busy!'
Here's where the Reflection Journal from Kikki-K can help. It's an attractive journal with metallic copper-edged pages. But inside, it's a little different.
Complete a couple of sentences about your day
The journal lists a couple of sentence entries that you merely complete. For example, Today, I am grateful for..... and My actions positively impacted ........ and, Something I'd like to improve on......
Define the overall feelings you experienced throughout the day
You'll can easily add the feelings and difficulties you experienced by circling or checking the appropriate word from the list.
You can also add a decorative touch with stickers, pens or washi tape and you're done. But you don't have to. It's your choice. And again, even if you decide to add some extra detail, it shouldn't take too long.
Leaving a legacy.. making it count
When all is said and done, we all want to do something memorable with our lives. We all want a life that counts. Our daily writing is our attempt to connect with a time, an era, maybe a person we cannot see. Who knows? Maybe our simple entries will become a meaningful legacy to our children, our grandchildren.
So, what do you write?
Here are just a few ideas to get you started in completing those few sentences each day. Comment on:
* when you faced a significant challenge
* planned something
* accomplished something
* handled failure with grace
* realised what makes you unique
* worked on something that didn't guarantee success
Buy the journal. Start today.. and let me know how your new habit progresses.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.