This week I interviewed a man for an article that I’m writing for a magazine that focuses on local businesses in a certain city in the US. I love this magazine because of its focus: the personal side of business owners as opposed to strictly the business side. I’m always interested in reading about another person’s triumphs and struggles, and about the way that they use these to run their companies and manage their lives.
The man that I interviewed this time around brought me back to the way I thought three years ago. After suffering certain health problems, this man turned his focus around. Rather than think about how far he could go in his business he thought about the people that he loved. He began spending more time focusing on personal relationship with not only his family but also with his clients, asking them questions about their lives in an effort to help them run their businesses.
He offered me one of several tips that stuck: Buy a journal and write about your life. Do this for your children. I started doing this when my first daughter was a just a bean in my belly and then life got the best of me and I thought that I didn’t have time to do this any longer. Of course I do; I sometimes sit for twenty minutes and watch mindless television at night, or I hang out in the bathroom for a while where it is quiet (as it is of course the only place for quiet in a house with small children). I sit in traffic.
Yesterday I picked up two empty journals: one for my oldest daughter and one for my youngest. My goal is to begin writing in these, to fill them with the things that we do: trips, games, swimming, playing. Then, when my daughters are eighteen and ready to move on, I will give them to my girls. I had this in my mind three years ago but let it get away from me, and now two years of memories have come and gone that I won’t have recorded.
Just an idea for you mommies! Pick up a journal and write: when in traffic, when on lunch break, when the nighttime is quiet and everyone is in bed. Imagine how much you would treasure a journal filled with your mother’s writing, because this is how much your children will treasure yours.
Have a great day!