Journal your Hero's Journey
The word journey, "a trip, travel," from early French journee "day's work, day's journey," from jour "day," was derived from Latin diurnus "of a day, daily," from dies "day". The English word journal can also be traced back to the Latin dies. From the adjective diurnus, the word diurnalis, meaning "daily," was formed. This was taken into French as journal.
Based on the etymology of these words, it makes sense that the journaling has such a profound affect on our journey through life, which is essentially comprised of a collection of daily adventures, and can also be thought of as our personal Hero’s Journey: our acceptance of our purpose, our loyalty to our mentors, our battles against our villains, our triumphs through our thresholds, our connections with love interests, and our awakenings and paradigm shifts. If history is truly destined to, at least attempt to, repeat itself, then through our daily chronicles and musings, and what we learn from our daily experiences, we’re in essence able to dictate our futures and use journaling as means to illustrate our destiny as we best imagine it.
As Damian Marley suggests: Did you know the pen is stronger than the knife? They can kill you once, but they can't kill you twice."
Literature is a powerful medium; words are powerful tools. Through the process of journaling, I've learned that it's possible to not only imagine, but to live and experience any adventure I desire, for even the twists and turns have come to light. Daily journaling gives me the opportunity to make sense of my adventures, and often allows me the opportunity to develop more desirable conclusions.
As I prepare to launch the Adventure Sessions, a three part journaling workshop to guide you to journal toward your destiny, I'm sharing these five benefits of journaling to get you started!