Writing was an obsession I thought best to quit, when flagging energy from obsessions told me to. Over the years I occasionally regretted the loss (of reflection), when writing might have helped curtail subsequent regret. “An unexamined life is not worth living,” ~ Socrates, on trial, where his noble choice was death, rather than not being able to seek wisdom through questioning and thinking. Writing is rumination for teasing out and then polishing nubs of wisdom. When we look back, or on what we know, it can arm or inoculate us from regrettable decisions in going forward. Any grade 7 student required to write a journal soon understands that much.