I don’t keep a diary or a journal. I do keep notebooks and notebooks full of lists, ideas, quotes, and little pieces of inspiration. I recently read that both adults and children that keep gratitude journals are happier and healthier. That’s what my notebooks are for me, little conscious reminders to live life and be happy. I encourage some of my students to do the same thing and am planning to make a more concerted whole class effort next school year.
Interestingly, these notebooks helped to pull me out of my darkest moments and are now an integral part of my life. At yoga last night, I realized that I need to start bringing a notebook to class so that I can jot down all of the ideas that come to me while I’m out living life. Others might think I’m strange, but I swear by these little notes to myself. They keep me creative, inspired, planned, and happy. They help me shape my own reality.