A week or so ago I ordered a Gratitude Journal. It was purely an impulse buy, which I ran across while searching for a very specific item requested by my husband for a White Elephant gift exchange. What is noteworthy about this is that while it is not unusual for me to buy notepads and notebooks and myriad other writing accoutrements, I am not a journaler. I have never kept a diary, and have never found writing purely for my own amusement & gratification something I could sustain over the long term.
I need feedback, even if it is as simple as “I like this.” It is something I find essential to the process of writing, because it is the interaction between me and my readers that helps me fine tune my thoughts and improve my delivery. I value comments, critiques and criticisms because they make me a better writer.
So what on earth makes me unable to resist journals of all shapes, sizes & styles? For all manner of subjects? And why this particular journal? Why gratitude? I’m not even sure I know. What I do know, though, is that writing inspirations come from the strangest places, at the most unplanned (and sometimes inopportune) times, when I’m doing something completely unrelated to the process of writing. So what? Well, I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to have a notebook of some sort to jot things down.
And, apparently, all the other notepads & notebooks I own could not fulfill the function that this (new) journal can. I think the appeal is in the structure…a sort of fill in the blank for each day…something simple and quick that encourages brevity. You’d think I would be more refined than this, more apt to require completely blank pages with no discernible structure other than lines. But no, I basically want what amounts to a (serious) MadLib.
Yep, I’m that simple. 😀
What I think, though, is that this will prove to be much more useful than it first appears. I think the continuity of the entries and the brief nature of the thoughts will provide many a jumping off point for blog entries. I hope that over the course of a year I will find that I am indeed grateful for more than I realize, and (perhaps) not the least of these things is a wealth of ideas to cull from when my mind is otherwise running on empty.
Wish me luck. I really want to make this a fun and enduring activity. I see it as being not only a source of (continued) inspiration, but also a self-fulfilling prophecy of living life every day with gratitude.