My first Moleskine notebook, a pocket ruled, took me three years to fill up. It had been with me on all my travels, was the repository of my secrets and shopping lists, and over the years got so battered and beat-up that I had to mend the cracked spine with pink duct tape from Bleubug.
With the new year and its potential for new beginnings and moving on, I decided to break open a fresh notebook.
It’s still a Moleskine pocket – it’s my favorite format. This one is a limited-edition “Le Petit Prince” design, shown here with a vintage 1930s Waterman Lady Patricia “Persian” lever-fill fountain pen.
The inside front cover is adorned with illustrations from the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
Each Moleskine notebook comes with a multi-language insert that is a masterpiece of branding. Moleskine positions itself as a purveyor of fine quality notebooks and planners, keyed to the words “culture, imagination, memory, travel, personal identity”, which conjure up a wealth of potentials and possibilities for the user’s positioning and reinvention of self.
The Le Petit Prince edition has a mobile of the title character on the back cover, with instructions for assembly.
A closer look at the mobile insert.
The mobile, fully assembled. I attached a length of gold thread and hung it from the whiteboard at my office.
I have other kinds of Moleskine notebooks, plain and with different artwork, but I chose this particular one to remind me that “what is essential is invisible to the eyes.”
And that which is truly essential cannot be written down in any notebook, but only on the heart.
All photos taken with an iPhone 4S.