Journals, Journals, and More Journals

My most valuable assets.

Bill Holmes
2 min readMar 5, 2022


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This story is in response to Susie Pinon’s story of 30 Writing Prompts for Every Type of Writer about using writing prompts to stimulate creativity answering the following question:

What is the most valuable thing you own?

Of all the possessions I own, my journal collection is my most valuable assets.

They may not have monetary worth to the world, but they are priceless in my eyes.

They contain my thoughts, feelings, ideas, and memories. They are my history.

Journaling has been the primary coping skill I’ve employed throughout my adult life. It’s helped me navigate through some rough experiences that I didn’t think I would overcome while acknowledging the triumphs.

My journals were and have been by my side when I plotted ideas and bullet points for poems, essays, characters, short stories, and novels. They chronicled the progress I made during an exercise session, giving me motivation for my next workout. Some entries are letters to my Creator when I need to communicate with the Most High or have questions about my spirituality and/or faith. There are countless pages revealing the struggles I emotionally felt on many sleepless nights when I dealt with obstacles including, but not limited to, depression, suicidal ideation, heartbreak, workplace politics, unemployment, foreclosure, and family conflict.

As mentioned above, my journals are my history; they are my story. Without them, I would not be the writer and the man I am today.



Bill Holmes

Writer. Poet. ESSENCE Best Selling Author. Filmmaker. Personal development aficiando who lives and breathes the mantra "I will not be denied!"