hi, all! <wave-y guy icon here>
i went thru a phase where i only journaled "to figure things out"... and when i did that, times that were good, i didnt journal at all. although, the worst worst worst time in my life, i just couldnt look at my journal or pick up a pen, i couldnt "admit" it was true by writing about it. now, though, i'm in a new phase. i'm journaling more intentionally... more like i used to <cue misty music voice over> when i was younger.
i've been doing some amazing journaling in my time away from the computer. actually popping on to share a mental game i played with myself, that i thought you might get a kick out of... not sure how much it might prompt one to write... i actually didnt write much after i wrote out the rules to the game, but it amused me in a weird way so......i called it the "what IF... bringing it under the parachutte game"
the first thing you need to know, to "get" the concept, is the game we used to play with those great big parachuttes.... we'd stand in a circle and throw it up in the air, then bring it down behind us, sitting on the edge, so that it billowed up, and we could all see each other in the glorious rainbow light of the thing.... ok, so this was a game we did at my hippie school... anyone else do it? i should look for an image.....ahhh, yes! i'm not insane. tons o'images here.
ok, so the idea for my little game is to think of those little things about yourself that YOU feel dont really fit with your... best concept of who you ideally are.
little nagging things that just sometimes make you feel less the person you want to be. then you think.... what IF... what if i made those very things key parts of me. what if, rather than feeling guilty, or less me, i took those things and said-- what if those were as much a part of the wonderfulness of me as the things i think more highly of?
what if, in other words, i brought THOSE things under the parachute too?(i'll give a little example, so you get a sense of how my mind was working.... i'm not a big tv watcher. i love college football and a little baseball and some march madness, and the occasional dose of keith olberman (yum). but i'm not big on popular tv shows, and i tend to get a bit.... snobby about it. ok, snooty. esp. reality tv. especiallllllly reality tv. but i *love* top chef. love. it. but anytime i watch a bit of it, i feel... icky after. like, awww, did i really do that? .... so, i said to myself, what if liking top chef was a really cool part about being me?.... and there ya go. off to the races or whatever other go at it slogan you like. sigh. i'm being such a dork.)
so.... that's my game! forgive my ramblyness, but i've been journaling a lot, and when i do that, i tend to get really wordy.
hope everyone's having a great summer!
ps--on where to look for journals-- i linked to a couple great journal sites in the other thread. i love things that are handcrafted, and i found some great ones at my local super cool woman's bookstore.