Last night, in one of the groups I belong to, a group member posted an interesting question about moving: what do you take with you and what do you leave behind? Do you take the daily items you need or the sentimental items that fill your life with color and joy? In many cases, you can’t do both.
Whenever I’ve had to move, I’ve had to pay for it myself. So many times, I’ve left things behind because I didn’t use them everyday and couldn’t afford to move them. Much of my life trickles to an end, marked only by the tread of a moving van. I sometimes feel my past is in other people’s homes, given away when I had to move.
All the more reason to keep a journal. They don’t take up much room, they keep the memories in a small space, and they can cheer you or bring back a time you have left behind. Writing a journal isn’t hard, although it may seem like a giant problem.
And yes, truth in journaling: I’m teaching three journaling classes this summer in Alexandria, VA. The first is One-Take Journaling–writing a journal using one sentence day. It’s going to be held on June 10, 2007. If you are interested in this one or others, contact me at QuinnCreative [at] Yahoo [dot] com