personal journal


By Alyice Edrich 
Copyright, 2004 

I love writing. In my opinion, it’s the best form of expression and a great way to work out your feelings. I’ve used writing to journal away pain, vent, get a better perspective on a circumstance, and basically express every emotion under the sun. I have used writing to express my love and gratitude towards others. And, I’ve used writing to earn a living. 

But what does one do with those words that really aren’t very nice? The ones you’ve written in your journal, in hopes no one ever see? Do you really want to keep them lingering around the house to one day be found by a loved one? Or worse…the person you vented about? And is it wrong to think ugly thoughts about someone you love dearly? 

The truth is that life is full of ups and downs and along the way, we find ourselves confronted with feelings we’re ashamed to admit we have. But if we don’t voice them and let them linger in our hearts, they’ll manifest themselves into all sorts of awful things: bitterness, depression, physical ailments, and worse—unwarranted lashing out on others. 

But voicing our feelings to another person may not always be the best answer. Sometimes, we just need to find an outward way of expressing our feelings without hurting someone in the process. And journaling can do that. 

You might be thinking, “But if I write them down, someone could see them! I couldn’t let someone see how I really feel about them or how ugly I can be, at times.” But you have to ask yourself, what happens if you don’t work through your feelings? 

If you’re worried someone might find your words to be offensive, hurtful, or ungodly, write them out, lock them up in a filing cabinet, wait a few days, pray over your words, then shred or burn the papers you wrote on. You’ll not only feel better, but you can begin the healing process within your own heart. 

Whether you decide to keep your thoughts forever, or discard them shortly after you've written them down, journaling can be a road to self-discovery and healing. 

Alyice Edrich is the author of several work-from-home e-books, including one that allows parents to earn $50 in two hours without joining an MLM or home party business. She is also the editor of The Dabbling– a national publication for BUSY parents ( 

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