LifeJournal™ Newsletter – May 2008

My husband is a family doctor who has an integrative/alternative approach to his family medical practice. When doing a history and physical with a new patient, one of his questions is “How do you have fun?”  My husband reports that many people just stop, stare blankly, stunned, and don’t know how to respond: ”Fun?!?  Hmmm….Haven’t thought about that….”

With the recent celebration of Memorial Day, we’re at the unofficial beginning of summer, and perhaps at a time when you are able to add more fun to your life.  Just like with Jello, there is always room for more fun. The first article of this month’s newsletter examines how important it is to incorporate leisure into your life, and how journaling can help.

The second article looks at how to add top level topics to the Topics List.  (Okay, so maybe that isn’t the most entertaining topic as follow-up to an article on fun and leisure…)

And now a quick notice about two exciting conferences in June: Sheila Bender’s writing conference in Port Townsend, WA  and ThePower of Writing journaling conference organized by Kay Adams in Denver, CO. Both promise to be both filled with information, networking, and fun!

Ruth Folit
Chronicles Software Company

P.S. A reminder: Father’s Day is approachingand so are high school and college graduations.  LifeJournal is a wonderful gift for those occasions.
eisure Time and Journaling

An article by Marci Alboher on May 5, 2008 in the New York Times titled Why Leisure Matters in a Busy World, looks at how we can all improve the quality of our lives by paying more attention to our leisure habits. Without time to relax and enjoy life, we can become cranky, depressed, and irritable; with high quality leisure activities, we become more productive, more satisfied, and more able to cope with everyday life stresses. 
Alboher interviewed Alison Link, a leisure education specialist, who had this to say:

“Leisure has many different definitions—some involving time, some relating to an activity being done, some relating to state of mind.  Personally, I am most at leisure when I feel free, present, and integrated. I like this definition for myself because it allows me to experience leisure at any moment, even in just a few minutes.  Leisure can happen when we are in various states: artistic and creative, physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, learning new things, volunteering, active, passive, or as a spectator or participant.  One can be emotionally connected and engaged or not.  And we can even have leisure at work and be more productive, healthy and creative.”

Creating leisure in your life requires discovering and identifying two pieces of information about yourself:  (1) how to find time for leisure and/or how to shift one’s perspective to “leisure” mode, and (2) what activities are relaxing, freeing, stimulating and fun for you? 

Adding Top Level Topics

In the Topics List—accessible in every journal entry by clicking the Topic Tab– the topics are listed hierarchically. There are top levels, sub-topics and sub-sub topics. You can create a “new” topic that isn’t a subtopic, but rather a top branch topic. Here’s how:

  1. Either click the “New” button at the bottom of the Topics List in the Topics sidebar, or right click on topic in the Topics list and select “Add new.”  In both cases an “Add Topic” dialog box appears.
  2. Enter the new topic name and select “Make top branch,” and click the OK button.
  3. The new top level topic will appear in the list alphabetically.


An Unsolicited Testimonial

LifeJournal is — and has been — a tool that opens incredibly wonderful paths for learning to name and live deeply the joys, failures, weaknesses, and victories that form my creative and spiritual growth.

A session with LifeJournal before discussing — almost anything of importance — with my husband provides me inner clarity and deeper focus when we engage in these conversations.

The most magnificent opening going to LifeJournal creates is in development of a true ‘working relationship’ and endlessly (I believe) deepening conversation with my Creator.   Because of the lovely palette of background colors, font style/color possibilities, and tools like daily pulse, naming and choosing icons, and unique writing environments for various kinds of journals — and the delight creating a life history within the core of all that, I move to a ‘new world’ that is distinct, private and pleasing. I find within the LifeJournal ‘world’ a sense of comfort, support and freedom to speak and dream that is absent in the environment of Word and other work-related software.  You have created a lovely and enduring tool for your LifeJournal customers.  I thank you for that — and for the personal attention you give those who are blessed to use your creation.”

–Ariel William


End Quotes
“Leisure can be experienced every day, even if we only have five minutes. Even small amounts can turn ‘surviving’ into ‘living.’ “–Alison Links

“To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.”
      – Arnold Toynbee

“Knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge. So it is incumbent on me to know my self, to know it completely, to know its minutiae, its characteristics, its subtleties, and its very atoms.”
—Kahlil Gibran

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