How to Journal Through The Unimaginable Chaos of History in the Making

How to Journal Through The Unimaginable Chaos of History in the Making

Did you think, just two-three months ago, that you would be where you are right now? We are now living in an uncanny, historical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the entire world. 

 

Instead of offering encouragement, the spread of fear and panic is prevalent in the media, with headlines that highlight doomsday scenarios, death tolls, and governmental failures. 

 

Lockdowns, severe travel restrictions, and limited mobility guidelines are being enforced in cities, states, and even entire nations. Hoarding is a problem. 

 

Countless businesses have been forced to close, leaving a multitude of people either furloughed or unemployed, particularly in the retail and restaurant sectors. As a result, the U.S. government passed a revolutionary $2 trillion economic stimulus package.

 

Schools are closed, sports are shut down, and public gatherings are banned.

 

Yes, we are indeed living in historic times. So what can we do about it? Glad you asked.

 

Keep a Journal

Personally, I have long been a proponent of slowing down at least once a month to write a story about my family. 

 

In light of the circumstances we are all faced with today, it has become clear that taking a moment to write about this time is crucial. Expressing your thoughts, feelings, hopes, and fears, along with what is happening with your family in light of the current world climate, can be quite liberating.   

 

What about our children? Well, we absolutely should be promoting the benefits of writing to them! They may not have the foresight today to recognize the value their words could have on future generations, their children, or even their future selves

 

“I don’t know where to start” 

 

You can begin your journal in whatever way is most comfortable for you.

If you do have trouble getting the writing ‘spark‘ ignited, I recommend the use of prompts.

 

The following are writing prompts that I personally utilize and are especially applicable to writing for this current time.

 

 

This exercise does not have to be time consuming.

At first, try sitting down for 30 minutes once per week and just write a quick entry. Include photos, videos, drawings, even voicemails that were left for you. Eventually, you may find yourself cultivating a habit of journaling daily. Inspiration is a wonderful thing!

 

 

Expand your Story

In addition to writing from prompts or the heart, you can try a variety of creative options

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You can interview your family members. For those who live outside of your house (ie: grandparents), use Zoom or any of the other video chatting services available to interview them remotely.

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Perhaps writing isn’t your strong suit? That’s perfectly fine, and absolutely normal. Try creating daily or weekly video logs to document your thoughts.

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If you have younger children, have them draw pictures of family life right now, or set aside time to record a discussion with them.

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Children could even try writing a story about what will happen once the threat has passed, which encourages hope.

 

 

Gather all of this knowledge, information, and feeling, then keep it in a safe and secure place. Add more and more material, as often as you can. As the months and years go by, you will end up with a treasure trove of stories.

 

One day, the memories you captured will be the most important and treasured gift you could ever give to your children and theirs, not to mention yourself. You will have written the story of their life, as told through your eyes. Gives me chills thinking about it!

 

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the ‘Present’.” – A. Earle

 

Don’t wait another day. Start writing today! It could just be one of the most significant decisions you will ever make. You don’t want to let this opportunity pass you by. 

 

If you are in need of a secure location to save your incredible stories, I invite you to check out Legacy of Love, a modern day scrapbook and parent-to-child journal. It’s FREE and can be used online or as a mobile app. 

 

Don’t let precious moments slip away. 

Be safe, be well, and be grateful! Remember to spread hope, not fear. Happy writing!

 

 

This post has been brought to you by Ken Wimberly – father and founder of Legacy of Love.

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I’m Ken Wimberly, founder of Legacy of Love and a devoted father of three wonderful children. I love recording precious memories of my family that my children and grandchildren will be able to look back upon for generations to come.
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Eliud
Eliud
1 month ago

Love this blog, Ken is absolutely right, we need to focus on what matters the most. 3 or 20 years from now we will be looking back but memories not properly blogged will not be remembered as they are.

Brett Levine
1 month ago

Love it! Journaling is how we will learn from the past and use the present to create a better future!

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