Our lives are filled with myriad moments that can create both marvelous and mundane memories. It is important for us to discover our own way of keeping track of these memorable moments.
As I was writing my most recent book (Carpe Diem-Making the Most of Your Day Everyday), memories became very important. I had to spend a lot of time looking back in order to look forward. Does that make sense? What I mean is I had to spend a lot of energy remembering my life’s events in order to note God’s continuing provision and protection through all of my ups and downs.
I shared several of those memories–ups and downs–in the book, which was somewhat uncomfortable and certainly a real stretch for me as a woman who tends to keep private things private!
Several times I discovered the memories became difficult to relay in words that were uplifting and encouraging. Ugh. Despite several rewrites and revisions, some of the words that remain somehow seem inadequate. From several friends, I was reminded of Sheryl Sandberg’s sage words, “Done is better than perfect.” That book is far from perfect–BUT–I did get it done!
Truthfully, the memory of publishing that small book (aka my latest labor of love) is one of my best ever! SUCH exhilaration, so much relief; the feeling of being stunned and numb simultaneously! Memorable for sure!
It is essential for each of us to chronicle our memories, and it is especially important to note how God’s continual provision is manifest throughout our lives – in the small moments as well as the big, the mundane and the magnificent.
Here are some journaling ideas to get you going.
Where, why, and how do you chronicle your memories? If not now, when?