Some Changes Take A Long Time

Do you write in a journal? If so, do you ever go back and review some of your old journals?

I have been keeping journals for more than for forty years! When I began writing in my first “diary” I was about eight years old. I still have all of my diaries and journals (in many boxes), with a vision to read them again when I’m in my nineties!

One time, during my late thirties, I was feeling very frustrated with myself because I felt like I wasn’t growing and changing as quickly as I thought I should be. So, I pulled out a stack of old journals, and read through them, and while it was painful to see how I had written about the same issues and problems over and over again (for decades, ad nauseam), it was also very encouraging to see all the many ways that I really had changed for the better. It was a good lesson for me in understanding that some changes take a long time. Patience is a virtue, indeed!

Sometimes, when we are caught up in our daily activities, we can’t see the progress we are actually making on the timeline of our lives. This is why it can be so helpful to regularly review and reflect. To that end, I now have a practice in which I review my journal and calendar at the end of each month and then I set keywords for the next month to help me focus my energies. You might also benefit from doing these practices.

The photo* with this blog post is of my recent journal covers. I used to buy expensive journals, but then I discovered the fun of making my own collages on the covers of plain sketchbooks. The journal I’m about to finish is the one with the frog, and I’m sure going to miss that cover! The one on the far right is the one that I just decorated today. I found both the sketchbook and the glittery green paper at the Dollar Tree!

Recently I enjoyed a blog post by my blogger friend Andrea, of The Hummingbird’s Journal, “How I Pick the Perfect Writing Journal” in which she shared that she prefers dot ruled paper in her journals. I have never used dot paper, but the idea is intriguing to me, so I might try that in a future journal.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share your thoughts on journaling down below where it says “Leave A Reply.”


*If you are viewing this post in an email, to see the photo simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog.


5 thoughts on “Some Changes Take A Long Time

  1. I totally agree with the “it was painful to see how I had written about the same issues and problems over and over again”. I think this was one of the main reasons for why I shredded my old journals. For me, I could see where I was complaining a lot about my life but not doing anything to change my perspective or habits. You’re so right in how sometimes it takes a while to see changes.

    Do you pick your words based on how you did the previous month? All of your journal covers look beautiful and vibrant! I really love the ones with the hummingbirds. Thank you for mentioning The Hummingbird’s Journal blog in your blog post! This post inspired me to go read this month’s journal entries. I can’t believe we’re at the end of the month again!

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    1. Thanks for your great comment, Andrea…. you are so welcome!
      I too can’t believe we’re at the end of the month again. This month went SO fast!!!
      When I’m picking the keywords, it’s not so much based on the previous month as it is based on how I’m doing right now and what I think I need going forward. Reviewing the previous month helps me to understand how and why I’m in the current state, so in that way it does help me to see where I need to focus my energies…. I hope you enjoy the review of your May journal entries!!!

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  2. p.s. I seriously enjoyed my journal review for May, it was the best ever… it really helped me to understand how all the many pieces are fitting together in the puzzle of me, haha.


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