The difference between a diary and a journal – for me

Post written by Orsolya Hernold

Is it a diary or a journal I am talking about?

I did not use the word diary in my introduction. Writing a diary is different to what I would like to talk about. Diaries tend to be memoirs – a detailed description of what happened on a day. I have written diaries many times myself, about my children, and of trips, longer stays in different countries. My goal was to keep the memories of my experiences, capturing life for the future. I imagine myself as I am reading these journals to my children and grandchildren by the fire in a cold January Sunday afternoon. It is perfect if you have the same goal with writing (maybe with a different picture in mind),  I am also very happy that I have those notebooks kept for those times, but the writing experience I would like to share with you is different.

Writing with focusing on an aspect of my life is a simple, active learning tool. It can transform your life if it is put to use, your consciousness grows; it is a way of self-development.

Contemplate on the daily focus, or browse through the topics, questions offered here, choose one and start writing. Insights and new perceptions will come instantly; however, longer commitment is needed for long term change.


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