I got to Kroger and as I stepped out of my car, I reached for my journal on the passenger seat and WHOOPS! IT’S NOT HERE. I had left it at Costco, probably on the baby/toddler seat plastic thingie on the cart, because my journal’s pink and I might not have noticed that I left it. :O

So I went ahead and grocery-shopped and then called Costco. Whew. Someone had turned it in and they had it at their office, so I’ll go pick it up sometime.

But as I shopped all kinds of thoughts were popping in my head, which I’m sharing here.

Of course I was upset that the planner/journal was lost, because it holds precious memories I wanted to remember/treasure, BUT I was also very thankful that although that journal holds some of my most private thoughts I wouldn’t necessarily post online, there was also nothing there that would possibly embarrass the person reading it, or me, or my spouse, or my children.

What I have in my planner/journal:

– project lists
– to-do lists
– grocery lists
– notes on homilies at Mass
– Scripture passages
– foods I want to eat
– saint quotes
– sections of the Catechism
– prayers
– prayer lists
– poems
– “processing”, like when I’ve got a particular thought that I’m trying to explore
– lyrics of songs that move me,
– lyrics of songs I’m working on
– mind maps
– notes on essays I’m working on

The journal pretty much contains the thoughts I have from day to day, but what a relief to know that I don’t have any deep, dark, hidden secrets that could scandalize others if they were exposed to light. And while there are things that are rightfully just between my Lord and me, as I continue to work on my salvation, what a relief to know that even if I were to lose my journal, it could potentially end up blessing, not harming, the person finding it.