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Keep a journal! (blog marathon post 6)

Am running a fever as I type this. 101.2  Terrible body ache too. Have been sleeping the whole day, unable to even get out of bed. Have taken a paracetamol and if it continues tomorrow, I will go and see a doctor.

I was just thinking today, how we take somethings for granted. Our health for instance. When I was well, I didn't even think twice about it. I would go for my yoga, walks and get on with daily life and routine. But suddenly, now that I am unwell and unable to do those things, I realise how fortunate we are to be healthy.

There are two deadlines pending for me, for my newspaper pieces. I don't know how it is for you, but for me, when I am unwell, I can' really think anything other than depressing thoughts. It passes of course. A sane part of me tells me it is nothing, and it will pass. But the negative thoughts keep floating around.

A friend sent me a lovely link the other day. It talked about why it is very important to keep a notebook/journal. This is something I have always done, and always been advocating in my previous posts as well.
Do read this:

Writing down things gives a sense of clarity. A lot of great leaders  and thinkers have been known to keep journals.Without a journal, one day blends into another, which blends into a third, fourth and so on. Before you know it a year has passed. With a journal, you know exactly what you did, what goals you had, what you accomplished.

A journal need NOT be boring and routine. You can stick snippets of things you found interesting. You can stick photos, pictures. You can write down a wishlist. Anything that strikes your fancy. You can make it as unique and as interesting as you want it to be. You needn't even write every day. There are no rules. You can write whenever it strikes your fancy.

Try it. The benefits it gives are IMMENSE. I can vouch for that.

A new post tomorrow.
Till then, start thinking about gifting yourself a LOVELY note book which fills you with joy, to start a journal. Believe me, it will be a great gift you give yourself.
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  1. take care of your health mam...hope you recover soon
    that's all i want to say..
    eagerly waiting for your next post....

  2. Madam ! wish you speedy recovery. Sure writing a journal would be beneficial. You are truly an inspiration for others. Writing for your readers in high fever. We are so thankful, always.

    1. Thank you Sanjay. Well, I couldn't let the blog marathon go!

  3. I've quit journalling about myself for quite some time now, but after reading your post... I feel rejuvenated enough to pick up my diary and jot down my points.... Thank you , mam,, ad wishing you a speedy recovery.

    1. Do continue journalling. Make it interesting. Make it a book you will want to read. It will give you great benefits.

  4. Hi Preeti! Hope you get well soon and back to your bubbly self. It is always a pleasure to read your posts and this shows how much dedicated you are to your fans, because in spite of running a fever, you have made time to write for the blog marathon. When I was a child, I used to keep a journal for many years. Fortunately, I still have them in my attic and when I get a chance, I like to read through it and realize how life used to be. It always brings a smile to my face. Not only that, it helped out my writing skills a lot. So who knows, I may start again....Thanks to you. Take care and once again...GET WELL SOON!

    1. Thanks Prathima! Yes, journals are indeed a great tool for self reflection.

  5. Get well soon....I totally agree and should keep a journal...

  6. Get well soon....I totally agree and should keep a journal...

  7. Get well soon mam☺.I m so much shocked that u manage to write to ur fans even in this condition. But no doubt this is why u r what u r. And I am so proud to join the community of ur fans. I'm ur budding fan after reading 'life is what u make it'. It is a great piece of work which not only describes the ups and downs of the mental disease minutely but also fills the reader with immense hope, inspiration and a determination to go through all the blacks and whites of this journey called life with a sense of confidence.I just could not stop myself from reading it in a single sitting. Thank u for writing this book which is now counted in one of my favourites' list. I've already read it 4 times and still can read it over and over again. Just cannot wait to read the other books which u have penned down.

    This post has filled me with a great energy and a passion for writing journal. I've recently started writing journals but after only 4-5 entries, my writing seems to have stopped. It is not like I don't have anything to share with my journal. There r indeed scores of stories even in this fortnight but what I was lacking was the passion for writing. But u have now gifted me that passion. Thanks for this. I'll start it again today.

    1. Diya,
      It is only a fever! Not a life and death situation---but hey thanks a tonne for your very kind words.
      Yes, do re-start your journal. The benefits are great.

    2. Madam as written by the reader above "Life if What You Make It" is truly a great piece of literature with an inspirational message for everyone. Madam i would request you to please write something for the students who sometimes face so much pressure during examinations in this world of cut throat competition. They need to be inspired to accept failure and success alike and to rise and start afresh in case failure comes their way.

  8. I was not keen in keeping a journal or even a notebook. Since a month, I changed a job and started taking the notes. It has been really useful and now reading the unique ideas on journal, I am keen to get one and make it a practice..!!! #Inspired Take Care..!!!

  9. I got an inspiration to start writing Journal..Thank you Mam..

  10. I got an inspiration to start writing Journal..Thank you Mam..


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