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A reader sent an email in response to the column I wrote about my grandma's journals, and in her reply, she mentioned a journal jar. I'd never heard the term, you probably have. (Frequently, I'm the last to know things. Which isn't bad, because on many occasions my naivety has given me the courage to try new things.) A journal jar is a place where you keep slips of paper with questions on them. Then each day you pull out a slip of paper from the jar, and the question is meant to prompt you to begin writing.
"What would I do if I knew I couldn't fail?" is a typical question, but I wouldn't need to do any journaling to figure out that answer, because I don't think I'd do anything different than I'm doing today. The security of knowing I wouldn't fail is not the way I want to live my life. Yes, sometimes my heart aches to know what the future will bring. But truth-be-told, the anticipation of wondering things like, 'Will my idea work?' 'Can I learn how to do this?' or 'If I say this, or do that, how will people react?' These unknowns are where the action and excitement in life are for me. There's a lot of fear tucked away in that mix, but I wouldn't want it any other way because that same fear drives me to do my best.
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