Journalers offered inspiration by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama
Remember the days when you used to keep a simple Letts or Collins diary? Of course things have moved on a tad since then and now people tend to keep meaningful looking journals often with designer covers and thoughtfully designed pages.
Whether this actually inspires better content is doubtful but it does mean you have made a significant investment in what could just as easily been an old notebook so you might as well put it to good use.
I was heartened to see that a journal is being produced to accompany the Archbishop Desmond Tutu/Dalai Lama best seller The Book of Joy later this year in good time to hit the Christmas and New Year market.
The Book of Joy was a resounding hit and found the two great spiritual masters in reflective mood and sharing personal stories of struggle and renewal, offering sound advice on how to be joyful even in the face of adversity.
The publication, written with author Douglas Abrams, was the result of a meeting between the two Nobel Laureates and an ongoing discussion about the practices that help transform their personal joy and optimism for the human race into a recipe for everyday life.
The companion journal offers the promise of a year of joy with a 365 day guide for its users to achieve the same deeply satisfying outcome and is full of prompts in the form of inspirational quotes. It will be out in October.
Sorry to start banging on about Christmas when its still only August, but if you are short of gift ideas this year it may well be worth looking at the A Year of Joy journal. It won’t necessarily make your friends and loved ones brilliant writers but it will b e fun ion very sound and positive advice.