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Keeping A Journal video


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Jan. 27th, 2016 01:56 pm (UTC)
I still think you're one of the greatest diarists of our age. I know you're humble or discouraged about what may happen to them after you are gone but I honestly hope they are given to a place of archives or are published works or something! There's too much there for too many years of insight and writing to not be of significant value for readers in ages to come. Also, there is the aspect of it where you've included articles, magazines, etc - it's truly a fascinating collection. I know that you do this for yourself but there is so much here! I've seen the photos you've shared of where you keep all the years of diaries since you started keeping them again in the 1970's, was it? - and I just can't imagine tossing them away. It's a beautifully in-depth and devotional approach to daily writing that you've done over the years. Thank you for being an inspiring writer and archivist.
Jan. 27th, 2016 02:19 pm (UTC)
thank you for your kind words-keep writing-peace
Jan. 27th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
I'm a lurker and never comment here but...

I just wanted to say I love how proliferate and un-self conscious you are about your journals. It's very inspirational.

Also, please allow for the possibility that your children's perspective on keeping your journals may one day change. It's probably easy to say that they won't want such an intimate collection now while you're still with them, but after you're gone, those journals will take on a whole new meaning.
Jan. 31st, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
children's perspective
I am sure our children read my LJ online journal-I have lived a simple life and in the end not much has been written that will surprise our children-I personally never knew my birth father and my mother was killed in a car wreck when I was 16 years old-to be honest I know nothing about any of my family-to me I would be over joyed to read the diaries of my birth father or birth mother if they existed-we I suppose die strangers to those who have been closest to us-we will in the end only be fading memories-peace
Jan. 27th, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
You're so prolific! I found this video really inspiring. Sad that that all those pages will go up in smoke... but I guess that's ultimately what happens to everything a person makes. Nothing lasts. It's the act of creating that is the important part.
Jan. 28th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
the act of creating
yes it is the act of creating that matters-let it rip! peace
Jan. 31st, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
nothing lasts
hopefully our lives will have effected those around us for the good-our words and actions-may people have blessed memories of us when we go into Eternity-peace
Jan. 31st, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
Re: nothing lasts
Definitely. I didn't mean to seem callow before, if I did. But how we effect others? That's really up to them. It's their life journey. They have their own path to walk.

You did more than most. You contemplated your life. Considered it. Documented it. Appreciated it in detail. Life is lived in action, yes. But also in review. You did that.

What others - even your own family - think of it? Isn't that up to them? The important thing is, you lived your life with heart. Thoughtfully. That is a noble endeavor.
Jan. 28th, 2016 04:28 am (UTC)
Can I just say one thing?

I think you're entirely wrong that 'no one' would want to read your inner most thoughts when you're gone. By all means set fire to the bulk of it & roast marshmellows. But maybe it would be worth doing : Gather snipits of each year. No particular order or reason just some of your favorites or depict something of a timeline so it would become a memoir. But if you were to take smaller sections of each year & make it into a book, I think you'd be surprised. Not only that long after yours, mine & our grandkids & their grandkids, some do take a great interest in journalers throughout the centuries. I myself am fascinated. & I'm sure that you've alot you could offer future generations. Maybe I'm way off the mark or it isn't worth doing because of the great deal of time it would take.... Just a thought. I personally would want to have something like a chapter per year or the like & publish it. Why not? I'd buy that book!!

Happy Writing fellow journaler!

Edited at 2016-01-28 04:30 am (UTC)
Jan. 31st, 2016 01:27 am (UTC)
thank you for adding me to your LJ friends list-write and be at peace
Jan. 29th, 2016 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think your kids/grandkids could have a change of heart as far as not wanting these goes. I look at the little scraps I have from my grandparents and would have loved to have gotten something more substantial...even a fraction of the amount you have created. In any case, your journal work is inspiring! Thanks for posting.
Jan. 31st, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
thanks for posting
thank you for your comments-peace
Jan. 30th, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)

I think that if the act of creating this great work (it really is) through out your life has brought you peace and contentment, then it will have served its purpose, no matter what you choose to do with it. Although, I know, that if my parent passed, I would love to have any diary or words they left behind. Your dedication to documenting is very awe-inspiring; thank you for your posts here.
Jan. 31st, 2016 01:20 am (UTC)
the act of creating
yes I agree I have received pleasure/enjoyment writing it all down-my prayer is I will be able to write till the day the Lord calls me Home-peace
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Feb. 1st, 2016 01:35 pm (UTC)
a burden
I suppose in the end I do not know what to do with my journals-they have become a burden-peace
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