A lady I just met recently wanted to “cut me down,” as the Book of Five Rings would have put it.
"Oh, you’re doing journaling online? Who would ever need help with writing, and why do you Americans think you have something important to say? I don’t want to read anybody’s memoir or biography—-I don’t have time."
"You sound like you’re against this kind of thing," I said. Giving her space. Not taking it personally. One of The Four Agreements.
She said, “I’ve tried a lot of them.”
Sometimes people have one idea about what a thing is, and then, they don’t even try to investigate further. We’re in a world that likes to get it done, but also get it done quickly. Quality gets lost, though, when you zoom around like that. You can’t discern the good thing because you’re busy “satisficing,” a term from what people do when they’re quickly browsing the web.
Journaling is my thing. I love making space for it, and I love having new people join me in the process of exploration, daring ourselves to discover, articulate, and express what’s within. Sometimes the picture’s nice, sometimes unbelievably surprising, but raw and honest: that’s the idea.
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