I realize how earlier, I said there are no rules with journaling. Then, I said how that was not entirely true. I added Rule 1, the journaling rule of thumb as I call it: With journaling, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. 

But, now I need to add a second rule. Sigh. (I know, I know...) I hang my head.  There is a reason, though. 

The rules I am adding are not style or grammar related. Rather, they are to help your journaling work the best for you, and thoroughly enrich your journaling and your life. The rules are not to create boundaries, but are meant to free you. 

The second rule is this: Do not lie in your journal.

 Do not put any partial truths or falsehoods. Be fully honest. 

Another lie is that of omission. That is not sharing something you should. That is not journaling everything that comes to mind. Not only is this a lie, but it can be running from something or denying something. 

Truth always sets us free.

Lies, partial truths, and omitting (withholding) truth weigh us down and hold us back in every part of life, whether we realize it or not. 

Be fully honest in your journal. Even if it isn't comfortable. After all, you have far more to lose if you do not. After all, if you do not include it all in your journal, there will be a couple of negative consequences:

  • You will not get as much out of your journaling.
  • You will stifle your growth. You will not be able to identify all the areas in which you can grow.
  • You will not be free. 
  • You will not heal.
  • You will not live the best, and most meaningful and purposeful, life you could possibly live.