Archive for Thursday, January 25, 2007

Keeping journal carries benefits

January 25, 2007

There are many advantages of keeping a journal, to establish dates and events in our life. We tend to forget when certain events happen.

My wife has kept a journal of sorts for more than 30 years, and just the other day we had a big discussion about a certain happening in our life that we could not agree on.

She said three years, I said it was four years, so we checked the journals and found out it was actually five years ago.

I found one of her yearbooks dated 1977. That was 30 years ago, and just for fun I started reading. It stated that this week in January, I was painting the graphics in the new Lansing Elementary School on East Mary Street. It was cold and the building was not completed enough for heat, so we used temporary heating units close to our work. Are the H20 graphics still around the water fountains? Also there was a lot of snow for the whole month of January. It was really fun reminiscing the few pages I went through.

A journal is the recording of events or activities, whereas a diary expresses more feelings and emotions.

Recently I talked to a group of eighth grade students, and at least five said they kept a journal. We discussed the importance of observing events, people, buildings or surroundings that can be written about now, because after 20 or 30 years the details are all forgotten.

As an example, I know of people who have kept track of daily occurrences and treatments, medications, etc., when a loved one was in the hospital.

Teachers can encourage students to write journals as early as fourth grade, about what they are interested in, then encourage them to read what they have written. Even the most shy child usually would be willing to share his own journal.

It is so easy now to use a computer or a word processor to jot down notes that can be changed and added to very easily. It's OK to write by hand also.

Tuesday of this week was National Handwriting Day. This day was established Jan. 23, 1977, because it was the birthday of John Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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