Start a One-Sentence Diary

21 Jun

We all want some sort of memory of our past. It is nice to look back at photos and remember the events in our lives, but it’s even nicer reading about our impressions of that event.

Whenever I come across my old notes or letters or diaries, I am overcome with all sorts of emotions: amusement, Diary mountainssurprise, joy, nostalgia, sadness. I am grateful to my past self for having ‘eternalised’ these fleeting moments.

However, although it’s great to keep a diary for the pleasure of our future selves, our busy lifestyle does not necessarily give us the time to write in detail about our day. And anyway, will we even want to read all the details of our days in 20, 30 or 40 years time? Probably not. All we will want to do is to remember the most important feelings, thoughts and impressions that we had during certain periods of our lives.

So, why not keep a one-sentence diary? Yes, that’s right, write only one sentence a day. You can be sure that this one sentence will sum up the most important event or impression you had that day.

Use a pretty diary and colourful pens. I use the Someday diary, with a beautiful design and creative photography, and I write with pink, orange, green and blue pens.

Amongst my diary entries you will find:

We ran through pink sprinkles at the stadium after closing hours and got soaked.

You brought me a glass of water when I was upset.

Singing and cycling in the sun.

A strong supportive hug when I came back home from work.

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One sentence. The one memory that matters. The one thing from today that is worth taking into tomorrow.

Thank you to Alex Quick and his book “102 Free Things to Do” for this inspiring idea.

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5 Responses to “Start a One-Sentence Diary”

  1. annabachinsky 21/06/2013 at 19:37 #

    What a great idea!! 🙂

  2. Xenogirl 22/06/2013 at 08:03 #

    I love this… what a great idea!

    • l0ve0utl0ud 22/06/2013 at 23:12 #

      I write one sentence every day and it is lovely looking back on the moments that most touched me in the past months. It really reminds me what is important.

  3. Thomas 25/06/2013 at 19:43 #

    The one-sentence diary does sound like a lovely idea! I use my blog as my personal diary, I guess, to keep track of all the events that really affect me emotionally – but sometimes it’s important to keep in mind the smaller things too.

    • l0ve0utl0ud 28/06/2013 at 10:02 #

      Yes, what I like about having a one-sentence diary is that you really get to the essentials of your day – you cut out all those thoughts and worries, and just put down one thing that really made an impression on you.

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