The Art of Journaling / Let Go of Guilt

Guilt is something we all struggle with, and it is one of the most powerful anti-agents when it comes to journaling and memory keeping. 

Guilt points out that we don't journal enough.

Guilt suggests that we've left it too late.

Guilt convinces us that we'll never make it work—that we're not organised or disciplined enough.

Guilt intimates that it's been too long since we last wrote anything meaningful or took any nice photos. 

Guilt reminds us that we haven't taken as many photos of our younger children compared with our older ones.

Over and over again, guilt whispers in our ear, telling us that what we do manage to achieve will never be good enough.

Guilt tells us not to bother. 

Guilt persuades us to give up altogether.

Guilt can overwhelm us.

It can cripple us and stop us from ever getting started—or from ever getting back to it.

Don't give in to guilt. 

Instead, let it go.

Let go of your guilt.

The truth is that it is never too late to start journaling, and the reality of life is such that, when you do start, you will never be able to invest as much time into it as you want to.

And so?

Just start.

And once you do start, embrace all that you accomplish. 

Don't dwell on what you ‘fail’ to achieve.

Instead, celebrate what you do create—your words and your images— and be thankful for what you are able to document.

Let go of your guilt. And keep letting it go.


Clockwise from top left / The Chinese character for ‘release’; a quote from Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri; the lines on the palm of my hand; the October journaling prompts (available here). You can read the other posts in this series here.