"Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell."
- Charles de Lint
I decided recently that I needed to add a journal page to our site. I'm not sure journal is the best name for it but I need a place to write about some of the things we encounter or think about that don't fall under places, people, or lodging.
I have never been consistent at journaling and I admire those who are able to keep a daily, or even regular, journal. I love to write, in spite of being substantially insecure about my ability to write anything interesting. When a desire to write rises up in me and I think (again) what a good idea it would be to keep a journal, I typically go out and buy a beautiful journal that inspires me, that feels good in my hands, and lays flat (deal breaker if it's the kind where the spine keeps pushing the journal closed while you're trying to write...those kind must be designed by people who have never once tried to write in a journal). I embarrassingly admit that I have five or six of those beautiful, inspiring journals that sit on a shelf...partially empty. Buying a beautiful journal is my response to the gentle nudges to write. When a strong, compelling desire arises, I grab my laptop. I love the experience and romance of writing by hand but since I can type fairly quickly, the computer can better keep up with the flow of thoughts.
At least I can say that I have done enough writing to realize some of the benefits gained from it. One thing writing does is get things out of your body. For instance, if I am upset about something to the point that my stomach hurts or I have any other physical symptom from the stress of a situation...I write. If I write whatever comes up, without filtering it, and let it flow until I feel done, it relieves the physical discomfort. It's like magic. I highly recommend it. Even if you don't write at any other time, write when you're stressed, anxious, worried or upset. If being completely honest scares you, just can write on a blank computer page, don't save it, then select and delete the text on the page when you're done. You will be able to get it out of your body and not worry about it being seen by anyone else.
Keeping an honest private journal is tough enough; a public journal is downright terrifying. It is for me, anyway. Yet, I still want to do it in spite of my fears. And, maybe, there's a part of me that simply wants to be brave enough to do it. Let me add a disclaimer right here...it won't be perfect. Would I love to have my own personal editor to fix grammatical errors and turn my site into something much better, something great? You betcha! If I ever get rich from my mediocre attempts at writing, having my own editor will be at the top of my list, right alongside my own personal masseuse.
This page will be used to cover anything that doesn't fit under our main categories. Some entries may be light, some may be silly, some may be serious, we shall see. Come along if it interests you to do so and please feel free to write to us via the comments or by email on our contact page.