Journal

Recording Your Life

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life.”
-Robin Sharma

I’ve recently been compiling my memoirs into an autobiography. Over the years, I’ve kept a couple of journals, but for the most part I’ve had to recall memories. In hindsight, I wish that I would have been better about keeping journals. For the book, I bought a small recorder and spent many evenings sharing my memories into it. I also had a professional interviewer jog my memory with questions. Thank goodness, I have a pretty, good memory. My wife Linda, our children and other people also helped me recall important events and details.

Recently, I blogged about leaving a legacy. I love that my posterity will now be able to read my autobiography; they’ll be able to better appreciate my legacy. By leaving behind journals and photos, your posterity will be able to learn from your life lessons. Now with social media, you’re able to create an album with your posts and photos; this could help document your life for those that consistently post. Another way, if you’re not a writer, would be to audio or videotape as a way of documenting; then someone could transcribe it into a book. My audio files will allow my posterity to listen to my words. I would love to be able to listen to my grandparents’ voices again.

I’m very goal driven. A journal would be a great place to include your goals and then document what you did to accomplish them, frustrations you may have had and how you felt when you reached them. In times of trials, this may give you a boost to read about your past successes. Some people keep gratitude journals and by doing this I think they become more observant in their lives.

My favorite books are biographies about people who have made a positive difference in the world. I like to study their characteristics and experiences which helped them to succeed. I especially love to read about the American Founding Fathers and other prominent and historical figures in our world. What courageous, great men and women they were. I believe the best biographies we have are stories about Jesus Christ and the prophets in the Bible. Jesus Christ is our perfect example of what we should be like and how we should treat others. I can’t imagine not having His words to guide my life.

I’m sure that committing to write daily in a journal is a daunting task for most people. I challenge you to write at least once a month (in a journal or computer document) and include your goals and what you’re grateful for. I, for one, am grateful for all the blessings in my life. It has been a whirlwind these past few months putting together my book as I had a printing deadline to meet. It’s been an incredible experience remembering life lessons and wonderful memories with my family and friends.

“If you have a goal write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal – you have a wish.”
-Steve Maraboli

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