About Beats the Alternative

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My journals have all been written for my pleasure.  My first journals, on 3″ x 5″ cards, I filed by date in recipe boxes.  Each card was a record of the day, right down to the date and weather.  I suppose at some point I realized there was no value in reading them and as such, provided no value in writing them, and I stopped.

The next journals I wrote were for record-keeping.  They depict snippets of my children.  Fleeting, wonderful and terrible moments in a child’s upbringing as only a parent can tell them.  Their purpose was to keep the memories safe.  I take them out and read them now and then.  They always bring smiles, tears, and laughter.  So many years, wished away in weariness and impatience!

I later kept writings of my feelings.  It turned out it was a place for me to vent.  I needed to work out thoughts and feelings I wouldn’t — no, couldn’t! — share with anyone else.  When I discovered someone had read them, I burned them all and hadn’t written anything until I started this blog in July of 2012.

This experience has been an extraordinary therapy to me.  Obliged by my edict to present messages of healing and constructive content, thinking in a positive way encourages me to seek out the virtues of my day-to-day interactions.

I write from my own experiences.  And while I am not an author of fiction, depending on how my perspective serves me, it may just as easily be fiction after all.  But it is as near to the truth as I can get and much nearer the truth than if I had never written at all.


12 thoughts on “About Beats the Alternative

  1. neat to see how your journaling has evolved from 3 x 5 cards to blogging 🙂
    I only started writing a journal because it was a high school requirement. I used to keep it up for a few years after school but haven’t written anything for years now.
    I do enjoy my blog tho. Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked my photo for the weekly challenge.

  2. I would have been so mad at anyone reading my private thoughts too. And it’s a shame that someone did and you felt compelled to burn them. Piles of paper filed away never see the light of day and I thought I would use some of them in my blog. But, apart from a couple of early posts, it’s turned out to be all new stuff. And now sharing doesn’t seem to be a problem at all. But then, when we’re posting for public perusal we get to choose how we say it. The idea of taking earlier stuff and sharing that in its current format would still be a problem for me without editing it. In journals it’s guts and all and no one should have the right to read that without your permission. It’s like a patient’s therapy notes being raided.
    But isn’t blogging wonderful? Journaling with a difference. 🙂 x

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by more than a few times!!! I am going to get caught up on replying to your comments over the weekend. I’ve been working some 12-hr days, and then trying to get my 25 song posts in . . . well, you get the idea . . . but I did want to make sure I said thank you, and I’m so glad to have found a new friend!

  3. Saw you on my Who To Follow on Twitter and only ended up lost twice on my way to find you here. You were right in that you had no idea where you were going, but I decided to Follow you in both places anyway. 🙂

  4. Hi .. I too started writing my Memories mostly for posterity and also appreciation. Writing also helps me understand my feelings and there are many times I write just for myself with no intent of sharing.
    I started on your memoir on your Dad which is absorbing reading but a couple of things to do before the big 101 challenge I’ve entered .. so will be around

    1. Thanks for taking the time to stop, read, and comment. This — blogging — has been such a good therapy for me. I am see things in a much different way since I began.

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