Bullet Journal

“Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee..” ~Jeremiah 32:17 (KJV)

There have been two issues concerning me within the past two weeks.  When I lift the concerns to the Lord, I’ve heard Him say, “Trust Me.”  Today one of the two was resolved very quickly and simply; an issue about which I’d literally been agonizing.  As I walked to my car from a business I heard that still, small voice say, “See?  Now trust Me for the other issue.”  Why is it so hard for some of us to trust?  I trust that God created the heavens and the earth, that all that exists was spoken into existence by Him.  He set the sun, moon, and stars in their places; everything is held together by Him and for His glory but I can’t trust that this same God can handle some measly little human concerns?

While following the amazing rescue of the Thai soccer team, much of it on Yahoo news simply because that is what pops up on my home page, I noticed many expressions of prayers to the Lord for the safe rescue of these young boys and their coach.  It wasn’t the prayers that caught my attention, but that the chorus of anti-God voices were quiet.  However, once everyone was safely out and posts thanking God for their safe rescue appeared, these voices reappeared.  Many of them were belligerent, “You “God people” are (expletive deleted) stupid.”  Lovely.  Where are the liberals of my teen years whose motto was that they may not agree with me but will fight for my right to voice my beliefs, a time when people with opposing views could converse in a civilized manner.  Now, shouting down the opposition, usually with gutter speech, rules the day.  Sad, to say the least.

One comment stood out.  It was in response to a post that said, “This was a miracle.”  The comment, paraphrased, was, “Just the opposite.  This was accomplished due to advanced science and technology.”  The response was much longer but that was the gist.  The scripture that comes to mind is, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)  I “sang” this scripture as a chorus in a church I attended in the ’80’s.  Singing the scripture is wonderful for memorization.  The NASB translates this verse as “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.”  Other translations use “take pride in,” “trust the war power of,” “rely on.”

Which brings me right back to trust.  Where will I place my trust?

Still getting used to OpenDiary Ver. 2.0.  Some of my entries are doubled, in others I’ve lost comments.  I’m apparently doing something inadvertent.  I discovered that I had blocked some of my friends by mistake.  I clicked on the names in comments they’d left and didn’t realize that blocks the people instead of going to their diaries.  ARRGGGGHHHHH!!!

In my post Future Diary Topics I referenced Bullet Journal.  Watching minimalism videos on YouTube has branched out to various related topics.  While reading the responses to a video on a method of organizing one’s wardrobe, I noticed someone commented, “I’ll put this in my bullet journal.”  Journal?  I enjoy journaling, but what is a bullet journal?  That question sent my searches to that topic.  In a nutshell, bullet journaling is a combination of a daily planner, journal, a place to list anything (ie. books one wants to read, exercise log, etc.), and any information one wants to reference in the future.  The bullet journal, as designed by Ryder Carroll, a digital designer, utilizes a technique he calls “rapid logging.”  This method was designed to be simple, practical, and comprehensive.  I strongly recommend the following video on the original Bullet Journal website as the FIRST place to begin learning about this technique:

Is that where I began?  Unfortunately, no.  By typing “bullet journal” into a YouTube search, then watching a number of videos, including some titled “For Beginners,” I came to the conclusion that, whatever a bullet journal is, one must be an artist, know calligraphy, have umpteen “tools” including specific types of journals, pens made by specific manufacturers with varying point sizes, highlighters in every hue and color imaginable, a “brush pen” that produced a water-color look, one specific type of eraser, a protractor, office supplies galore, etc.  There was also something called “washi tape.”  The words themselves were spoken somewhat reverently.

The typical video began with a presentation of the tools one used for their particular bullet journal.  Each was presented in a manner akin to descriptions of intricate wedding dresses.  Next was a “flip through” of the vlogger’s bullet journal or “BuJo” for short.  (An entire community exists around the BuJo.  Who knew?!)  The sheer magnitude of color and pattern noise made my head hurt.  I’m hard-pressed to draw a decent stick figure, art was my most dreaded subject in Jr. High, thus instead of being impressed with the vlogger’s proud creation, I still didn’t have a grasp of what bullet journaling was other than a complicated sketch book.  Before I dismissed the concept, I stumbled on a true beginner video created by one of the artists but which presented the “bare bones” of the BuJo as presented in the video above.  Ahhhhhhh…..I get it!  That was the video that listed the website of the original “author” of the BuJo.  I was elated to discover I didn’t need anything more than a notebook of any type and a pen.

I ordered a journal suitable for a bullet journal from Amazon (any journal or notebook would do but I don’t have any floating around; not to say one may not be “unearthed” during decluttering!) and then…it sat on the counter separating my living room from kitchen (amongst other items that landed there) and…it sat, and sat…and I continued watching videos, mentally planning what to put in my BuJo, paralyzed that I wouldn’t do it “right.”  Mine wouldn’t be a sketchbook with a calendar thrown in but I continued to procrastinate until I watched a video by a man.  A sigh of relief.  It was a “back to the original” BuJo journal with a few adjustments for his lifestyle.  This video then linked to other bullet journal videos by men with whom I could relate.

Week one of creating/using my BuJo is complete and, thus far, FANTASTIC!  I’ve tried a gazillion planning systems during my life, including what used to be called The Franklin Planner, later purchased by Covey.   I was sent to a one-day seminar by whatever company I was working for – just to learn how to use it.  All the supplies had to be purchased and became an expensive endeavor and still didn’t really work for me.  (I have two Franklin Planners that are probably 20 years old and in great condition – the larger I use primarily as an address book and store stamps, business cards, and other assorted info within the pages created for those purposes – the smaller one is tucked away…somewhere…and has been occasionally tucked into my purse for some reason.)  The bullet journal is MUCH easier and MUCH more practical.

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