Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Journals and their ilk

Tonight I am going to visit the Young Women in our ward--and if we all lived in France I would have just said right there "Tonight I am going to visit the jeune filles in our ward"--to speak on the subject of journals.

So yeah.  Mormons are big on journaling, which is good, although sometimes it becomes a burden--another thing we aren't doing and therefore another thing we have to feel guilty about.  (Which reminds me that a friend I taught with at Westminster College always said she liked to work with Mormon, Catholic and Jewish women,  because she could always pull the guilt card and get them to do stuff no one else in the department wanted to do.)

Anyway.  Whatever.  Obviously I am doing a lot of random association right now.  So back to the subject at hand.  I think what I'm going to do tonigh is present these radical ideas.

1.  A journal is not for posterity.  It's for you.  NOW.

2.  A journal can be anything you need it to be--a scrapbook, a blog, a sketchbook, a place to record dreams or write poems or record daily events.

It'll be fun, I think!


CSIowa said...

Oh, yes! Let's stop with all the ways we're not measuring up and start with all the ways in which we can feel joyful and blessed!

Louise Plummer said...

Amen to that.

Lisa B. said...

Awesome lessons for those young women. Especially #1 and also especially #2. I hope that les jeunes filles appreciate you.

p.s. auto-correct keeps wanting to correct my spelling. which is tres ennuyeux. (I had to look that up, though. which is also tres enervante, which I remembered, but auto-correct just corrected me AGAIN! Arretez-vous, M. Auto-Correct!)

James said...

I love reading my grand mother's journal. She writes about everything from championships to hair appointments. Succinct, unpretentious and interesting. I don't think she wrote for her posterity. I think she wrote for herself, a self-accounting of her time and labors.