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Should I Keep My Old Journals

I have met people who have every journal they have ever written in, and I have met people who throw away their journal as soon as it is done. Personally, I'm somewhere in the middle.  Decide for yourself what is the greatest value you get from your journal.  Do you love the feeling of release that comes from the act of writing?   Or do you appreciate the ability to go back and relive the years of memories and experiences?

Some people keep a journal so their children or grandchildren will have a record, and an insight into the journal keepers' life.  If that is part of the reason why you are keeping your journal, I would advise you to make sure you are not writing to an audience.   Make sure you are writing what you need to say, always telling the truth, and not creating a fictional account of your life where you are the hero or heroine.

I would consider it a treasure to have a journal from someone in my family, but I don't feel this type of motivation for keeping my own journals.

I recently decided to get rid of some of my older journals.  I did this without rereading them!  To honor the part of my life written in these journals, I burned them in my fireplace.  This seemed like a better solution than throwing them into the trash, and let me take some time to honor the role of my journal in my life.

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Last updated on: Saturday, December 15, 2007 4:44 PM