Symbols of Freedom

Lockets of Love on Bklyn Bridge

I sit here watching Star Trek, the “new” 2009 version with Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, et al.  I think about the future the truly colorblind future where creature, human, Klingnon, and all other manner of living being work together to explore the universe and spread peace.

Then, I turn my TV and find reports of The Donald, shootings on our students, the Pope bring together multi-denominational leaders, road rage that leaves a 4-year-old no longer living.  I see pain, suffering and the dementia of humans on a course that is not similar.  Yet, we are all on the same planet that spins inexorably and will not stop unless we blow it up.

What is our symbol of freedom?  Freedom from domination of extreme emotionalism that clouds reason which leads too pain and sorrow?  Where is the moral line that we will not cross no matter the color, creed, or sexual orientation of the person before us?

My current WIP is all about how people treat others because of their own personal needs.  Well, what happens when the mass of personal needs all coalesce into a plan of action that are to the detriment of others — whole race of others?  Where is the symbol of emotional freedom then?

There are no answers.  There is no black, or white.  There is no one answer.  As a group, we must figure out our collective future.  However, if we don’t function as a unified group but instead as a mass of splinter groups out for each group’s personal goals where will this scatter-effect of decisions take the one planet?

The image above are some people’s way of expressing their love and ‘locking it in’ forever.  Wonderful symbolism but…

Questions, questions and more questions.  However, will we have the loving answer in time for our children?  The ones who will inherit the joys of our collective madness?

Ta-ta for now,

The NoteBook Blogairy

My Journaling: The Greatest Benefit

You’d think I’d have a LOT to say about journaling since at one point in my life I had 67 journals that spanned approximately 12 years of my life.  That’s 5.58 books per year for a dozen years.  The size of each book varied.  Most were the regular black and white marble traditional notebooks (read: cheap) but there were a couple of thicker true journals.  Then, a few 5-subject spirals thrown in for a bit of spice.  Those 67 does not to include some random legal notepads and the stray mini notebook that I needed to catch the odd entry, or two when the ‘official’ book was not on hand.

But, as I sit here and think about the single greatest benefit of my journaling I am coming up with way more than one answer.  The main one being peace of mind.

Journaling_Zen Rocks

By journaling, I am able to clear out mental space by truly seeing what I am thinking.  For me, writing things down brings clarity of purpose.  I am able to get passed the emotional white noise and go beneath the fray to the true thoughts, feelings and motivations behind it all.

Prior to journaling, I did not know this.  I used to do things and surprise myself (and others!) constantly.  I had no idea why I did certain things.  I was just moved to do it.  Now, if I am troubled, I sleep on it and then journal and the meaning becomes clear.  Now, I may need to journal to get the ‘topsoil’ off but then things move smoothly from there on.

Mind you, this system of how I ‘work’ has evolved over decades (Dear me, did I say decades?! Sheesh.).

To summarize, for me, journaling is a much better and cheaper form of therapy than the traditional paying through the nose analysis method. 🙂

I fully understand that therapy is awesome but for me this method has done the trick.  And after the emotional garbage is out of me for me to see and read, I then can journal about things more important such as plot lines, character quirks, settings I’d like to use in future stories and great lines I may use at some point in time.

Journaling_Dog Catch Tail

Journaling provides me the mental space and clarity to express myself more fully when I write.

What about you?  How does journaling benefit/work for you in your writing, or your life?  Please take a moment and comment below.

This post is part of the #JournalChat Live 5 year celebration hosted by Dawn Herring.  You can find Dawn’s FaceBook page here.