The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts:
therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions
unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. — Marcus Aurelius

I like to pen down my thoughts. It may sound old-fashioned in a world of blogging and tweeting, but I like the idea of being to able flip the pages as my future self re-visits them, retraces my steps, recalls how I felt at a particular moment, and marvels at how far I’ll have come.

The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal was a gift from Karman. She gave it to me at the end of my previous job, where she was my editor.

I did wonder at first if I’d be able to keep this up. I mean, five years is a big commitment for a 20-year-old girl. But I did use to write diaries when I was younger (and had a lot more time on my hands). And the journal gives me only four lines to sum up each day, complete with inspiring quotes on each page. I’ll admit, some days I forget, but this little blue

time capsule of my thoughts is just parfait for me. One of my biggest fears is that time will distort my memories, take them away and send them into oblivion. That’s why I write.

“… spaces melt like sand running through one’s fingers. Time bears it away and leaves me shapeless shreds: to write, to try meticulously to retain something, to cause something to survive, to wrest a few precise scraps from the void as it grows, to leave somewhere a furrow, a trace, a mark or a few signs.” — Georges Perec in Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

To paraphrase the French novelist/filmmaker, writing makes it all worthwhile.

Photo: Eva Rishon Ho

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