I know I said I would next be writing about the residue of the day, but as often happens in journaling, something else has bubbled up. I decided to go with it. A friend recently asked me if I have ever re-read what I’d written and regretted my words. She stopped journaling because she had. Depending on the era of my journaling, I am sure I raged at someone, blamed someone, spit words at them. I hope once I am gone, if someone comes across hurtful words in an old journal, they can recognize it was only my perspective, probably my projection, surely written with bias. I am sure they were words that helped process, or clarify my own thoughts. I have gone back hours or days later and written the ‘next chapter’, the resolution from speaking to that person. On a rare occasion I have ripped out a page. Journaling is a fluid process. Just like sometimes we say things we regret, maybe we write them too; if we let them, then can lead us to a better us.
Do you ever regret what you wrote?
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I am an author. I released Whispers for Terra in April 2021. Currently working on my 2nd. For decades I loved my career as a speech language pathologist. Authentic communication is paramount in my life. I am a prolific journaler and aspiring thinker, and very pet controlled. I am on a journey to find my voice and help others find theirs. View more posts
3 thoughts on “Do you ever regret what you wrote?”
I agree! I haven’t really thought about what people would think of what I’ve written after I’ve gone…but I feel like if they knew me well enough to be reading my journals, hopefully they understand.
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My original reason for journaling was as an outlet. I was going through some very challenging times and needed to release some deep emotions. I would read them and hope that no one would ever see them. When that time of my life was over, I burned them in ceremonial fashion! That was actually as healing as the writing. Now I want to develop a new purpose for journaling and an excited to start a new journey of discovery.
This is a wonderful idea too. I love the concept of a ceremony to acknowledge the change and growth vs just a good riddance. Thanks!