Have you ever read or seen Harry Potter? In the book, there is a bowl like structure that holds a silvery liquid. This silvery liquid is the thoughts and ideas removed from a person. This bowl is a pensieve.
Dumbledore: “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.“
Harry: “You mean… that stuff’s your thoughts?“
Ever since I have read Harry Potter, I’ve wanted a Pensieve. At times, I almost felt desperate to have one. Times like when I laid awake at 3 A.M., even though I was exhausted, because I had so many ideas, troubles, thoughts, and more running through my head. Sometimes they weren’t even relevant to what was happening in my life at the time. Like glitter, it was everywhere and no matter how I tried to relax and clear my mind, they wouldn’t go away or quiet down.
I felt crazy.
I asked some of my friends for ideas on what I could do to lighten the load. (They all knew me and knew that my head swam with all sorts of weird and random things.) One friend (I actually think it was my mother, who’s my best friend so it works) suggested writing things down in a notebook. SOLD! I went out and got a super cute notebook and even labeled sections in it with tabs so I could be more organized. I was psyched and it was great for a while. I could draw what I was thinking. I could write things down like all of the ideas I had for the upcoming church parties or what I wished I could do with my front room. It was nice, until I had ideas that didn’t seem to fit within my labeled tabs. Uh oh.
I tried moving things around. Adding more tabs and writing things under similar labels seemed to work until I would stumble across pages I totally forgot about. That’s not helpful!!! How can I keep track of my ideas and reflect on them when I needed inspiration if I can’t find them or I lose them!? I was deflated, until….. Pinterest.
Oh, Pinterest. I love thee so. Pinterest seemed the answer to all my problems! It held as many categories as I wanted and I could view everything visually within each category. The only problem? These weren’t my ideas. They were other people’s great ideas. Of course I loved pinning them and having them to look at. They were things I wanted to do! But still, how could I pin my own ideas or things I really wanted to do a certain way?
The answer came in the form of this blog. I’d tried blogging before, mainly so that family far away would know what was going on in our lives. It was ok, but I wasn’t diligent and I never had the intense desire to write in a journal and that’s how I felt about this blog. It was a journal. This is different; a blog where I can write and share all of the things I have buzzing in my head! Now, I think I have finally figured out how to put all of my thoughts, random fun things we do, and more out of my head and into a place where I can keep track and reflect on them whenever I need to.
Welcome to my Pensieve Full of Glitter.