• Journals help us to see what has made us the person we are today.  Family connections are far more vital to a family’s identity than the more obvious physical traits they may share.  For those who think they only have unhappy memories, writing in a journal can be great therapy in helping them sort out their feelings on paper.  Trials are a little easier to bear when we record them, and the lessons we learned from them, in a story.  
  • Why make a record of your life?   In every family, each generation passes stories and traditions on to the next.  The knowledge and experiences that are transmitted in this way become a part of the entire family’s memory.  It is a history of who our ancestors were, giving future generations hope that they can also overcome their trials and make a difference in the lives of others.  
  • Leaving a Record Behind.  Family stories, memories, knowledge, skills, and funny or tender times which are not recorded, soon become lost to the next generation.  It only takes one generation to lose the essence of who you were and what you felt and thought.  
  • Memories fade, and 100 years from now, people will only know from a birth certificate that you were born.  A written record or journal will show how you lived.  Unless you record your true feelings, generations that follow will never know them.  
What You Can Do
  • Teach young children to begin a journal.  They may begin by writing about their favorite TV shows, friends, songs, cousins and grandparents.  As they grow older, they will write more of their feelings.  
  • Start a Journal which will leave a remarkable legacy that will inform, teach, and inspire future generations.   Some of the entries can include…
    • Date of each entry.
    • Your friends.  Include first and last names of people you mention.  
    • Activities of the day.
    • Sketch, doodle, pictures, quotes.
    • Sharing things you thought or learned.
    • Write your goals and dreams.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  
    • Record vivid, memorable dreams.
  • How often and how much you write is not important–once a day, once a week, or once a month–it doesn’t matter as long as you write when an experience or feeling touches you.   (Journal writing will become a habit if you choose a time and place for your writing and try to stick to your resolution.)