I have always resisted the benefit of journaling for me because I have been afraid to go into that “perfect person” that is one of my personas. I have believed that journaling had little to offer me. However, I love to blog and learn a lot about myself as I “post” new articles. Is blogging journaling? Well, yes and no (my favorite kind of answer).
However, I started this blog six months ago (Thanksgiving, 2004), and I love blogging. For the 28 years that I had been in recovery at that time, I have studied and researched about all aspects of personal growth. The main aspect about blogging that suits me is that although I have 5 file cabinets full of material, with blogging i only have to write a “post” which is generally 3-10 paragraphs for me.
As all who have blogs that they update regularly know, a blog that has a general direction and particular messages takes a lot of work. I have been astonished to find myself working on my blog 10-12 hour days. I don’t work outside the home now so I can devote the time to it. Of course, organizing material collected over a 28 year period takes a lot of time. The rewriting and reorganizing are also time-consuming.
But it truly has been a labor of love. I am grateful that my husband has given me this opportunity and am doing what I have wanted to do for years–expressing myself about ways that we can help each other grow emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
My model for the self-discovery groups I hope will happen from the information, materials and direction that I have available from this blog comes from the following quotation that I have used on another post.
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”
Luciano de Crescenzo