Ephrat Livni makes an interesting connection between journaling, a very personal activity, and journalism, an objective act. Both are of temporary value. Except for a few famous names, journals are essentially transient ramblings that have more of a psychological role in alleviating the trauma of day-to-day living. A diary is now as essential as medication. Writing thoughts is liberating and has an almost zen aspect to it. It helps relieve the mind of so much clutter.
If you write a diary, maybe you’ll enjoy reading this story: Writing in a journal is good for you—and so is throwing it out.
Then you might rake up the courage to also throw away all your diary entries as what you had written maybe a few years ago could turn out to be as irrelevant now as yesterday’s newspaper.