Faith in Humanity

Hieu's signature
Science made me lose faith in humanity. – Hieu
Roommates on the page
Arts & Sciences

I find it interesting where people pick their page to sign since the other thing I tell people are the three rules:
1. There’s a Front Door — Rated PG13
2. There’s a Back Door — Not Rated (I flip the journal around and show them)
3. There’s no rules!

I usually add in that the Back Door is for private uncensored thoughts, but it’s open ended. People often ask where they should sign but I refer to rule #3 (which is an oxymoron).

People peruse the journal and find their spot. Some nestle in with a crowded page, others take a blank page and make it their own. I love how journal signers become roommates on a page too — like Jillian and Hieu. Jillian works in the Arts and Hieu works in Science. Hgygen is a PhD working in a focused specialty in Science. She had a horrible experience as a female scientist in academia. She is so passionate about Science and helping young women in Science. She also is writing a memoir of a sibling’s tragic death. She also gave me an awesome fine tip pen because I commented on how lovely her handwriting was. I still have the pen (even though I lose pens all the time).

Everyone has a story. The Original Journal wants to know them all.


I Knew Nothing

Duke Student, Class of 2018
Duke Student, Class of 2018

I come to Duke thinking I knew everything. I came here and learned I knew nothing. I am in love, I am insecure, I’m trying to find God. I have faith everything will turn out for the best.

— Elizabeth Barahana 18′

Dear Journal

Dear Journal

Dear Journal,

I am ready to see the world. I have decided to turn my fear into faith and my pain into progress.

I am my own client.

Coach TCP

Travis C. Patterson

The Career Pro

Holy Thursday: Leap

Leap Journal -- Back Door Cover
Leap Journal — Back Door Cover

The Leap Journal is one of my favorite journals. It has so many interesting original journal signatures in it.  So many words of faith from others and reflections on faith. This journal was in use when I was making a huge decision and I had to leap. It took faith.  I trusted my Higher Power to guide me and guide me S(He) did.

The definition of faith (source: is:

a :  allegiance to duty or a person :  loyalty

 b (1) :  fidelity to one’s promises (2) :  sincerity of intentions
a (1) :  belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) :  belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

 b (1) :  firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) :  complete trust
:  something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially :  a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>
on faith

:  without question <took everything he said on faith>

Travel Light

Donation to God poem by memomse

I wrote this. Yep, me, the creator of The Original Journal.

I have no idea what original journal it is in. I typed it up to be clever one day and the poem strip was in an envelope I recently found sorting through a clutter (hoarder) box.

Happy Monday. Please tell one person about this project (that friend of yours who carries around a notebook, journal, or diary around faithfully or that friend who always thinks of clever things to say, or that friend who collects trinkets or that friend who would rather have bamboo shoots stuck under their fingernails than pick up a pen and write their thoughts down — one does need juxtaposition). Just share (if you want).

Here is the Weekend Edition from The Original Journal Project in case you missed it.

Seriously, happy Monday. May the muse be with you. Or something to that effect.

Hope. Wish. Dream. Be.

Journal Your Journey.