Happy 4th of July Weekend, friends. The first Friday of each month is Random Journal Day Weekend. This month the link is open through Tuesday night at 11:00 PM since many will be busy with family fun and festivities. Meanwhile I decided to take a look back on just one year ago. This weekend is so full for me as it has a few of my favorite things happening simultaneously. In humility, humor and love we have most obviously, Independence Day; Shark Week and most significantly to me personally (rating slightly above shark week by the skin of the teeth!) our Wedding Anniversary. I can barely focus with all the excitement!
BUT, I am sharing with you a very short snippet from last year’s journal as it gave me a giggle when I reread it and realized it was, the birth of a poem, and not at all unlike my creative process which so often is born in my journal and journaling process…
Before I share the lighthearted side of my journaling process this month, I want to add that this time last year our family was experiencing serious trials. Some of the poetry and prose in this journal show my battle with discouragement, despair, and depression pressing in from every side. All that to say, writing continues to keep me.
This process, gift, endeavor with words is a powerful, life-giving, life saving tool. If you don’t journal yet, I pray you start. It has kept me and allowed me to connect with myself, others and God in a way that is extraordinary. It fuels my creativity, nourishes my sensitivity and compassion and deepens my relationship with God profoundly. Pen, paper, keypad and keys…touch points on a soul’s journey.
I give you the birth of a poem:
Please note: Notice the lack of any punctuation…I write as prompted and moved by thoughts and occurrences. Initially punctuation is secondary to capturing the thought, emotion or incident. The beauty of journaling is this freedom which allows one to simply write. Revision, editing, refinement come after for writing that is shared. As far as other ramblings, editing is unimportant as my eyes are the only eyes that will see most of the journal entries.
July 8, 2014
A bee landed on my knee perhaps he was confused by my lavender lotion
After my initial reaction which quite effectively whisked him away
I returned to my chair hoping he’d not stray
to my lavendered lap
anymore this day.
I’m pretty sure that lavendered is not a word, but it was to me at this moment. Not only does journaling produce new poem babies, sometimes it also produces new words!
In the Blog Post The Bee on Knee and Listlessness Defined I share some of what is going on in my heart and mind as I sat writing in my journal on this particular morning. So much of what I share in my writing is seeded in the pages of my journal. As I prepare words for sharing, I am further blessed as I seek for clarity in my communication.
Below you can see how the words in the journal give birth to the words of the poem The Bee on my Knee:
The Bee on my Knee
A bee landed
on my knee…
confused by my Lavender lotion,
was as surprised as I.
After my initial reaction-
which quite effectively
whisked him away
I returned to my chair,
hoping he’d not dare
on my lavender-ed lap
I wonder pain, and what is it’s gain?
I wonder who has the strength to endure
the startling reality
of the unexpected turn.
Who escapes without wounds,
when He whom we call our own
did not avoid the pain
but suffered it
securing our freedom.
Our freedom is not found
in avoiding pain
but in knowing
in the end
is a greater glory.
As we endure,
we become part of His story
and leave a trail of grace.
Thanks to a bee on my knee
at that early hour
who reminded me
when he mistook me for a flower.
©2014 Dawn Paoletta
I hope this peek into my journaling process has encouraged you in some way. Pick up your pen and write. The life you save might be your own…or the life of another. Either way, you never know until you start or start again.
Come and peek into the journals of a few faithful Journal Keepers this weekend, as we quietly open our pages to the world. I would love to see you there!
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