When I moved to France in 2006, I put two file boxes of “important” papers into storage. Although I retrieved those boxes in 2010, I haven’t looked inside them once.
A few days ago, as part of my simplicity quest, I took aim for those boxes and discovered 6 personal journals inside.
I immediately tore out the pages and put the gorgeous covers into a recycling bin. This clever idea comes from Tammy Strobel, who lives in one of the tiniest spaces possible.
Admittedly, a few insightful gems popped off the musty pages as I quickly browsed through. But, for the most part, the sheets regurgitated passing emotional states and long-forgotten unimportant circumstances.
I wondered, “What’s the point of faithfully recording transitory thoughts and emotions?”
Simplify Your Journal Writing
My spiritual teacher has always recommended keeping a “book of insights” – just the earth shattering breakthroughs.
In 2013, I’m going to follow this guidance and limit my journal writing to recording only the most essential revelations. Then, I’ll review the journal periodically to be sure I’m actualizing the wisdom in my life instead of leaving it on dusty pages.
Save time. Save trees. Save space. Actualize the wisdom.
Capture the Wisdom
If you too have a pile of old journals wasting away in a corner, take a moment to capture the wisdom. Then throw them away.
Here’s how. At the end of every year, Sandi Amorin reviews her journals to complete the year and make space for what’s next. She recently gathered 108 insights or moments of mindfulness that had a profound impact on her life in 2012.
I now have a plump handful of paper in place of the old journals. Watch out! Some of my ancient insights might show up here. But I promise not to hold on interminably to the rest.
Are you a journal writer? Do you keep your journals or offer them up? How do you capture the wisdom they contain?
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