Is there an ideal time to begin a journal? A person at fifty-five may be in the midst of profound life changes, but thinks it's too late to start one, that it wouldn't make any sense because so much of his/her life has elapsed. But it doesn't work that way. When you begin a journal, it's like arriving at a mountain pass. Even though it has taken you days to get there, as you look back, the whole route is open to your inspection. Facing ahead, you're in a good position to look at the country before you, and choose possible routes from there. (pg.17-20)I am not in the midst of profound life changes, but I am fifty-five. So this must be an ideal time for me to begin a journal (I've actually been keeping a journal off and on for the past 2-3 years, but I want to be more consistent with it). Another quote that resonated with me:
The habit of keeping a journal changes the way you absorb experience. (pg. 129)And this one, in a section titled MOMENTS OF TRUE WAKEFULNESS:
By making a record of what you have seen with a note, a phrase, a sketch, or a lengthy, absorbed drawing, you make it your own. Next time you turn to look again, the world will be a degree richer and more distinct, and you will belong to it more completely. (pg. 144)She recommends an inclusive journal where you record all kinds of things: sketches, thoughts, quotes, recipes, lists, addresses, etc. And that you carry your journal with you everywhere so you would at least use it for practical things. This was my 20th book for The New Author Challenge 2010, and I rate it 3 out of 5.