Journaling … again – a five year plan

A few years ago, I seemed to be experiencing a tumultuous time in my life.

My friend, Christa, gave me a journal, a pen and a wine glass.

I was to use the pen and journal to write down something good that happened that day. And, if nothing was worthwhile to write, I was to pour a beverage of my choice in the glass and at least I could say that I had a nice glass of (blank). I don’t think my days were ever that bleak, but the thought was nice.

This year for my birthday, my daughter, Allison, gave me a journal that has five entries for each day for the next five years. The idea is to write down a thought, what happened that day or just about anything you’d like.

Then, after five years, you can go back and see all what happened or what you were thinking or thought was important to jot down.

My resolution for this year (and now the next five years) is to do my best to fill this book.

I already know that five years can go by very fast and that my likes/dislikes will certainly change. It is also my answer to many younger parents when they complain about their pre-teens or teenagers.

Give it five years. So much happens in that short span of time. What you think is important now is not that big of a deal in five years.

The way I see it, I’ll give it five years. I hope to be able to look back at earlier entries and think “wow… that seemed important at the time…”



SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.


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