"And the day came when the risk [it took] to remain tight in the bud
Was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin
Greetings, fellow journalists ~ And a warm welcome to all those passing through
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michelle, and I've been sharing my thoughts, feelings and fateful journey in the pages of my journal, Reflections, for over three years now. What began as simple documentary of my daily activities turned into something I never would have imagined ~ a beautiful, fulfilling and delightful way of reaching out and searching within. Reflections has been and continues to be so many things to me: A place to vent. A quiet retreat. A connection to the world. A place where friends always know they are welcome to visit and share a smile ~ or offer a shoulder. It has become a celebration of the moments I have captured through my camera's lens. There are times when I reflect quietly ~ even silently, as a picture paints a thousand words, or a poem finds my heart when my own words elude me.
More importantly, I've been incredibly fortunate to have stumbled upon some wonderful journals that have brought some very special people into my life. Many of them have been mentioned on these pages before, and I would gladly add them (and countless others) to my personal list of "must read's". What I would like to do today however, is highlight a few journals that are relatively new additions to that list. And if you haven't yet already, I'd like to suggest you pay them a visit sometime as well. You won't be disappointed.
VagabondJourneys "Ambling through a forest of ideas, influences, events, art and people I have known, trying to define in some positive way a difficult and troubled life, with honesty, humility and humor. No rituals, no rules, no summations." A thoughtful man with clever with words and inspiring thoughts and ideas, DB has become someone I am honored to call "friend".
Porchswingpoet "my journey through time......" Rarely do I find a journal that reaches deep inside and touches me as instantly as this one. Your heart needs a little understanding? Go here.
Rosarium "Mindscapes, rants, deep philosophical reflections...Well, okay, let's just say rants and leave it at that. Man, you're fussy!" Honestly, you won't want to fuss after reading some of these stories. I have been deeply moved here as well. Especially by the "Thankfulness" entries.
ChosenWords "... mostly about poetry, sometimes art."
Iwasthinking... ~ "Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can." ~ Douglas Pagels Memories, thoughts and personal reflection ~ a journey ~ honestly and thoughtfully shared with the world. You'll find yourself wanting to ride along.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity and honor of being this week's Guest Editor! Happy reading ~ and writing!