June = Journals
Many years ago I imagined the ideal journal and method of journaling. The ideal journal would have a blue cover and the writing within would emulate the style of ship’s logs – just the facts of the day – neatly recorded daily, on lined paper, in beautiful cursive script. This would be truly a collector’s item for those of later generations to learn from and reference. For those for whom this is a natural style and preference, I wish you all the best. It isn’t mine.
Therefore, I went on a search for what was the ideal journal for me. As an artist, I needed space to draw images, paint, and write about what was happening in my life. I attempted keeping two journals, one for artistic images and a different one for writing. This had the effect of separating the expression in one form from the other. I found it wasn’t ideal as one expression was often leading to the other, or reflecting on it.
As a spiritual person, I also desired a place to reflect upon Scripture and spiritual writing, prayer and what was happening in my daily life. Through the centuries, journals have been used in precisely this manner. However, often this became a third journal that was self-consciously written, and only rarely contained images.
I did come to a solution, or rather solutions, to this dilemma. I do find that the process is an evolving one as my definition of what constitutes a journal widens. I have certainly moved sailed far away from the tidy ship’s log that I imagined earlier with all its inherent constraints.
What I do know now is that the process of choosing a journal is highly individualistic. What works for me, might not work for you. And, your way may not be mine. That is a good thing if we are to freely reflect upon our own individual feelings, concerns, and growing places. If someone suggests a way of keeping a journal that is an ideal method for them ask yourself: does their method fit the person that you are, or are becoming? If not, keep exploring.
May the process of keeping a journal be an open one.