I've been journaling without exception since last April. This week, I have been experimenting with not journaling. I have found that I eat pretty much the same breakfast and lunch, so why not try? The reason I have found: it is much easier to snack and add a handful of this or a bite of that when you're not keeping track of what you're eating.
Today, I was doing a "In the News" group with several residents. There happened to be a story about Rachel Corrie. There is a play about her short life "My Name is Rachel Corrie." When reading the story to the group of residents, we started talking about dairies. I asked everyone in the group if they had ever written in a dairy. Every single one of them admitted that they had NOT written in a dairy, but also everyone wished that they would have. Most did know someone who kept a dairy. Several had mothers who kept journals of the weather, daily menus and chores. One resident had a mother who became very ill, but the family was able to keep everything running smoothly as she had kept details notes in her dairy.
I've kept a dairy at my bedside since getting married and write in it every so often when I have something exciting to share. Usually, I write about big purchases, personal milestones, job changes, family additions and the such, but on occasion I have written about regular days. It is definitely these regular days that intrigue me the most and I tend to re-read those entries most often. Our lives are made up of mostly regular days and it's those regular days that shape our lives.
I will continue to keep a dairy and start writing more often as I know I am not writing for myself because I rarely read what I write, but more for those who will read it sometime in the future. I will also continue to journal my food daily as it will help to remind me of the importance of my choices.