Sunsetting in Rearview Mirror, South Dakota

(Photo credit: Arthur Chapman)

One of the earliest posts I wrote on this site was about my use of the app Day One for recording workout data. The ability to use tags, have weather and location data automatically added, along with the date and time of the workout allows the easy creation of an ongoing workout log. Despite a myriad of other uses, the app was originally designed for journalling.

In a time where information flies both at, and past us in the blink of an eye, a recent post by Federico Viticci on Macstories, led me to pause and consider the power of looking back. We spend so much time consuming and searching out information, planning and implementing our projects, reflection gets lost in the mire.

Though he has alluded to his cancer treatment before, there is a certain power in this statement by Federico:

Today, when I remembered that exactly one year ago I was hospitalized for 22 days for a series of treatments to save my life, I tweeted about it. And then I opened Day One.

And this:

A combination of old thoughts and visual memories that I still have, in some form, in my brain, but that here, in this app — right now — I can hold and directly look at. It is, indeed, far more powerful than memory alone.

One thing I have never been good at is regular journalling, though I acknowledge and have read about its many benefits. Although all of my entries in Day One aren’t tagged ‘workout’, those of a journalling nature are lower in number and regularity than I would like.

This is something I plan to change, as it is important to realise that in many ways, what you have done is often infinitely more important than what you are about to do.

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