I started my first journal on June 7, 1984. It was a gift for my seventh birthday. I am now 35.
I remember it clearly. My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday and without hesitation, “A journal.” She was somewhat taken back as you can imagine hearing that from her “baby boy,” but she must has understood the importance because it is one present I received.
My mother has kept a journal most of her life and has an entire closet full of ones that are completed. To this day, after 70 plus years, she continues to keep a journal.
Now you would think after 35 years I would have more journal to show than I do, but since I go married over seven years ago, I haven’t really kept a journal. I feel really bad about it because I know that it’s important. Here’s a picture of the first page of my first journal…
Keeping a journal is so important that Jim Rohn called it one of the three treasures to leave behind for the next generation.
He claimed that journal writing is one of the greatest indications that you’re a serious student. He said, “It is challenging to be a student of your own life, your own future, your own destiny. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down. Take the time to keep notes and to keep a journal.”
When I first started my journal, as you see above, it was mainly contained a play-by-play of what happened during the day. Skimming through it seems like it turned into a “girlfriend journal” where it seems like every other page I was writing about my “new” girlfriend…haha.
It wasn’t until many years later when I grasped and understood what it meant to keep a journal. This was something that your posterity would someday read…a journal of events about your life.
Before writing your entry for the day, ask yourself, “What do I want other people to read about my life that happened today?” It is important that you’re truthful and don’t create a lie of your life in any shape, manner, or form…but share the things that are most important.
Jim Rohn had some additional things to say about keeping a journal:
“Be a collector of good ideas, but don’t trust your memory. The best collecting place for all of the ideas and information that comes your way is your journal.”
“The reason why I spend so much money for my journals is to press me to find something valuable to put in them.”
“There are three things to leave behind: your photographs, your library and your personal journals. These things are certainly going to be more valuable to future generations than your furniture!”
“Don’t use your mind for a filing cabinet. Use your mind to work out problems and find answers; file away good ideas in your journal.”
I have renewed my commitment to continue keeping a journal will begin again starting today! I encourage you to do the same. If not for you, do it for your posterity.
Remember, YOU have the CHOICE to make it a GREAT day!
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