I downloaded the Day One journalling app and have an alert set for 12h00 each day as a reminder to write something. This is to help me journal everyday and to help me get around the occasional case of writer’s block.
The app is delightful to use – the user interface is simple and clean, and provides writing prompts every day. Most days I battle with writing prompts because they don’t “talk” to me. Day One’s prompts however, inspire me each time.
Like today’s…what are the three things I wish I was better at. Keep reading for them…
The first thing I wish I was better at – the discipline to start something of a physical nature.
Once started I’m ok and can sustain it. It’s the starting part that I wish I was better at. Like getting into a cold pool – I get in via the stairs and brace myself for the cold. As I wince against the cool water on my warm skin I freeze. Off course the best is to just dive or jump in. So one of two things happen – I bail and get out of the pool, or I just take a breath and throw myself into the water. The initial shock is over before it started and once I’m in it’s easy.
Another example is when I’m on the verge of having to do something I signed up for with misgivings, but I signed up for it anyway. Go figure! Like the time I went sand-boarding in Namibia. I was initially excited but once I was on top of the dune looking down at the long steepness I was supposed to surf down I got cold feet. All sorts of thoughts went through my mind. How did I get myself into this? Can a helicopter please swoop down so that I can grab ahold of the landing gear and fly away? OMG, I’m out of here! But the thought of wasting money made me do it :-). It helped too that the attendant gave me a bit of a push and I was away down the slope. And I enjoyed it. Off course!
The second thing – meditating every day.
When I do it consistently it feels wonderful. But let me fall off the wagon and it takes me ages to get back on. Off course the trick is not to fall off in the first place…
And the third thing – I want to be more mindful about my photography.
I want to improve two things about my photography. I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I am not a bold photographer. I play it safe and it shows in the subject matter. It’s not terribly exciting. I want to hang off bridges and take just that shot…yip seriously. The second aspect is to develop the patience for just the right moment to capture a photo that is unique. I tend to just snap away and play the numbers game – I snap away and hope that out of 100 photos 10 will be good. Pretty random.
The Day One app is rather cool. I’m enjoying it.
"Every person should keep a journal and every person can keep a journal." - Spencer W. Kimball
Tell me, other than a blog, if you have one, do you keep a journal and does it help you with blogging?