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Dear Fellow Journalers,

Are you a collector of words? Do you read books and highlight phrases? If so, you are not alone. Some of the best prompts have come from those phrases.

I started collecting phrases back in high school. The one notebook I started with became several more until they filled up an entire shelf! The only problem with my collection is that some of my entries .did not mention the book title.

When I started again .earlier this year I made sure to note the origin of the phrase. I want to share some of these ” gems” with you today. Some of them are mine and these will be marked with a *.

“Journal writing takes you across the bridge toward acceptance of your creative self, your spiritual self; accepting what is, with love, joy and freedom.” The Four Methods of Journal Writing  by Melissa Burch

“Having a sense of self-worth is an act of faith” The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Post Evans

“The ache inside a person never ceases when there is no closure.Estrangement brings on a profound sense of loss.The ache is deep and never goes away.” *

“The problem with the past is that too often yesterday’ s lessons were meant for yesterday’s problems.” Richard Paul Evans

“Trace my face with your eyes,, her mother had told her a few nights before she died. Trace my face, then close your eyes and imagine me there. Can you see me? That’s where I’ll always be. Right there, locked away tight.”  Along the broken road by Heather Burch

“Memories, he’d learned, were the cornerstones of life. Memories are pictures. They’re stored in the part of your mind where happiness lives.”  Something like family by Heaher Burch

“I’m in mourning for the death of my hope and for the future. Joanne Fluke

“Life gives you two choices. Regret the past or change the present.”” When we were young by Karen Kingsbury

“It literally hurt my chest to breathe in this snow-laced air that made it feel as if I’d swallowed mouthful of icicles.” Murder She Wrote: The Murder of Twelve” Jessica Fletcher

“He was a hollow man, pieces of his heart were strewn about the ranch house like Mike’s  wooden soldiers forgotten  on his bedroom floor.” *

“My feelings break and crash over me like a dust storm on the prairie.” *

“The horse I thought was sitting on my chest has trotted off_ and if I don’t take a deep breath, I can talk to people”.*

Write anyway

Dear Fellow Journalers,

There is a first time for everything. This first time for this blog is to ‘re-post an excellent post from one I follow. Please read and feel free to comment.

Sallie

Writing Through Your Feelings Helps More Than Just You

Right now, the aching and hunger for change in our world spans far beyond what words can describe. But now is the time to remember that your words have power.

MAY 31, 2020
MEG DOWELL

There are things we do not discuss on this blog. I do my very best to keep it within its intended boundaries. If you are here, it is because you are a writer hoping to make a difference with your words.

Right now, the aching and hunger for change in our world spans far beyond what words can describe. But as I just wrote, you are probably reading this blog because words matter to you, and you want the words you write to matter to other people.

Now is the time to remember that your words have power.

It may start with the words you write only for your eyes. But it can expand further. If you want it to.

There are probably writers reading this right now who, like me, process what’s going on around them — and the feelings they associate with those things — through writing. When the world starts burning, I get very quiet. Not just because I’m listening, but because the words often get mixed up in my head and I don’t always say the right thing in the moment.

So it’s become a custom, in times such as these, for me to retreat to my own space and let my thoughts and feelings float around for a short time before I start writing it all down.

When my emotions do start to pour out, the medium through which I channel them varies on purpose. Sometimes I write music. Other times I write stories. And sometimes, when I really feel I need to say something and can’t stay silent about it any longer, I write a blog post.

The beautiful aspect of human emotion is that it is universal. Even if we don’t all share the same experiences or fully understand each others’ perspectives, we have the ability to empathize with each other — if we choose to; though why anyone would choose not to, I struggle to comprehend — because we understand what it’s like to experience specific emotions.

We have the ability to understand that someone is grieving and what that feels like because, in some way or another — though almost never in the exact same way, we, too, have grieved.

And that’s why writers, in the darkest of times, are an essential piece of the narrative. We ourselves may not “get it” to the extent of someone who is on the front lines, so to speak, living it. But we can help ourselves, and each other, to understand to the best of our ability through writing about different perspectives through a specific lens.

Writing is a form of communication first and foremost; we seek to understand, so that we can cooperate. So that we can help, if possible.

A writer has a unique relationship with words. They can express thoughts with the kind of clarity, intrigue, or sense of urgency that gets people’s attention.

But there are some people who don’t have the connection with words that you have. So when you write how you are feeling and package it into something accessible to a wide audience, and it speaks to the heart of a reader — when it echoes their emotions and thoughts almost perfectly — they won’t just appreciate it. Chances are, they will share it.

They will share it because it’s what they wish they could have said; how they wish they could have said it.

This is not about you getting recognized for saying what needed to be said. It’s about more people hearing what needed to be heard. And maybe, if you’re lucky, they’ll listen.

Your feelings are important. But so is helping to communicate the feelings of other people. Using your platform to give them space to be heard.

Through doing that, we do more than understand each other. We change each other.

Words do not change the world; actions do. But words can, if used properly, promote the kind of action that leads to long-lasting change.

You can make a difference with the words you choose to release out into the world. Whether that difference is positive or the opposite is, of course, up to you.

If you’ve always wanted your words to promote change, then there’s no better time than now to use your words to promote change.

If you need to write to process what is happening around you, absolutely do that. But in doing that, ask questions. Challenge yourself. Don’t settle for “I’m confused and I don’t know what to do.” You are a creator. Use your words to try creating solutions.

Start with words, and branch out from there.

You are a writer. You have a voice. Use that voice to encourage other voices to speak up, to spark change, to make things happen.

It’s not an accident that you run to words when things go wrong.

Make them count.

Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.

 

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Honor

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Another piece from G:

~Sallie

 

HONOR

Down through the staircase of history the concept and interpretation of honor has undergone many, many changes. In the opinion of this writer, honor has undergone a severe decrease in its’ importance and prominence in our lives, and our society.

Of course honor, in the end run, has always been subject to an individuals’ interpretation and moral conscience. And the degree to which each individual holds the value of honor varies, and varies greatly.

That is the essence of my piece. Has the value of honor sunk so low that it no longer has any significance? Has the concept of honor become a punch line, a joke, an obsolete idea? Do words like “on my honor” “a matter of honor” “duty and honor” “a consequence of honor” “an honorable person” etc. have any meaning anymore? Interesting question huh?

I could always quote definitions from dictionaries, scholarly works, or even personal feelings, but as I’ve already said, honor is largely a matter of personal interpretation. Definitions would have little worth here.

So I float a question on this whole concept of honor to you: Does honor have any value in the modern, “hooray for me, and XXXX you” world? Shall we just put the whole thing on display in a museum somewhere? Should we abandon it all and leave the decision to future generations?

Me? Well I’m afraid I’m “stuck” with honor, and frankly, glad to be so. You see at 71 years of age, 16 years of Catholic education, so many years a Marine, and being a God fearing guy, I’m a dinosaur. It’s too late for me. I still cringe when I see / experience a breech of honor, or on rare occasion, commit one myself. But all in all, honor has a significant personal, daily meaning to me.

So being an “honorable” guy, believing that honor is what separates us from the monkeys, I’m going to continue to believe in, and hold in high esteem, HONOR.

You? You’ll have to make your own decision.

 

 

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