The journal is a witness, an unconditional friend, a soul teacher. Sometimes we just complain. Writing out the dark thoughts lessens their power. Having conversations with ourselves in journals gives us chances to work things out in private. We collect and form our own history (and herstory) with journals. . . . Your journal is your friend. Your journal is patient and truly an open book. . . . Whatever coaxes us out of hiding, to write, record, express, is a revolutionary act. It says that we believe our lives count. Our lives do count.