“Keeping a journal is so important. I call it one of the three treasures to leave behind for the next generation . In fact, future generations will find these three treasures far more valuable than your furniture.

The first treasure is your pictures . Take a lot of pictures. Don’t be lazy in capturing the event. How long does it take to capture the event? A fraction of a second. How long does it take to miss the event? A fraction of a second. So don’t miss the pictures. When you’re gone, they’ll keep the memories alive.

The second treasure is your library . This is the library that taught you, that instructed you, that helped you defend your ideals. It helped you develop a philosophy. It helped you become wealthy, powerful, healthy, sophisticated and unique. It may have helped you conquer some disease. It may have helped you conquer poverty. It may have caused you to walk away from the ghetto. Your library-the books that instructed you, fed your mind and fed your soul-is one of the greatest gifts you can leave behind.

The third treasure is your journals : the ideas that you picked up, the information that you meticulously gathered. But of the three, journal writing is one of the greatest indications that you’re a serious student. Taking pictures, that is pretty easy. Buying a book at a bookstore, that’s pretty easy. It is a little more challenging to be a student of your own life, your own future, your own destiny. Take the time to keep notes and to keep a journal. You’ll be so glad you did. What a treasure to leave behind when you go. What a treasure to enjoy today!” ~ Jim Rohn

Wow I thought as I first heard this lesson from renowned mentor and leader Jim Rohn. Listening to Mr. Rohn’s audio while riding in the car of my business mentor, I realized I had been shorting myself on my life, let alone the life of my son and his future children. I had to question what I was leaving behind for future generations to use as a treasure for their development, growth and knowledge.

It’s not that I’ve never taken a picture, but in recent times capturing the moment became less attractive to me. I didn’t feel like taking pictures even if I bothered bringing my camera. I’m not sure why I would prepare myself not to make a move, but thinking back I remember being more concerned with what others thought of me capturing the moment than I was about capturing the moment and leaving a treasure of memories for the future.

Reading was never my favorite thing to do as a child and it’s still not today, but a few years ago my desire to read changed. I began feeling as if I were literally becoming a dummy. I couldn’t think straight, talk straight and I just didn’t feel right about my life. Eventually, I went back to school to stimulate my mind and began reading the bible and other books I felt I needed for learning certain things at the time. More recently, my library has increased to about 30 books (most of which I’ve accumulated in the last 2-3 months). Each book has a particular lesson that interests me and I feel I need to enhance my growth and make me “feel” more intelligent and empowered.

Last time I tried keeping a diary my father read it and embarrassed the heck out me because I thought it was safe to write my feelings down without someone reading them and chastising me for my words. Since then, keeping my thoughts on paper is a little scary for me because I have never been satisfied with the things I’ve written and created the illusion of embarrassment for sharing my words with others. It wasn’t until recently I realized the importance of sharing myself to make room for more things to share. My newfound acceptance of sharing has pushed me to start this blog now on WordPress. Another place I began writing is HubPages, but it all started with blogging on Tumblr.  I also decided to take advantage of YouTube, just starting out posting videos from lessons on business to personal life. I look at all of my writings not only as a treasure of my lessons and thoughts, but as a means for developing my writing craft. While I enjoy blogging, I do intend on actually keeping a physical journal.