My new Moleskine notebook arrived today. (For those you not on Twitter, Facebook, or G+: I left my old Moleskine on the plane on Sunday and have not gotten it back.)
Moleskine notebooks are sacred to me. I carry them with me everywhere — to bed at night, to my writing area in the morning, to my dayjob, to the movies, to restaurants… basically anywhere I am, so is my Moleskine. I write everything inside. Novel notes and brainstorms, lists of character names, daily to-do lists, goals for the future, transcripts of phone calls, private journal entries, phone numbers… well, you get the idea. My moleskine is basically an extension of my brain.
When I get a new Moleskine, I put the following items on the first page: name, phone number, email address, and the fact that I offer a reward for the Moleskine’s return.
On the second page of every Moleskine, I write a single phrase. Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you some choices:
A. Please don’t steal this.
B. Write your passion.
C. I can do anything.
D. Don’t Panic.
E. Take what is useful, discard what is not, make what remains your own. [paraphrased from Bruce Lee]
Take your best guess! And tell me…What message to yourself do you put in your notebooks?