I learned early on that words were powerful. I knew it when I saw the locked doors of the libraries at my school and in my community. I felt it the first time I saw an anti-Shah slogan on the walls of a London Tube station. I believed it when a story about a little fish who wanted to see the world was banned and its author censored. So when I got my first journal, I was afraid. I was afraid of putting down my thoughts and feelings, lest the words get me in trouble or worse, get someone else in trouble.
It takes courage to write, no matter the genre. Every thought put into words has the power to rearrange the molecules in the universe. If it is a positive, constructive thought; if it has the potential to change even one mind for the better, then it is the responsibility of the writer to put it down on paper.
I haven't filled any journals yet but I too love the feel of the fresh, clean paper and the touch of the exotic cover. All an invitation to be bold. -Susan