Friday, November 30, 2007

Show and Tell Friday: my diary


diary
Originally uploaded by Anna's musings
Hello everyone! So lovely to "see" you here again, for another Show and Tell Friday. I hope you all have the most fabulous weekend ahead. If you feel like joining in the fun, be sure to head over to Kelli's blog . I'm sure glad I did – it's so wonderful to look around every week, pick up things that have been trivialized by mundane life, and realize each one actually has a beautiful story behind it, waiting to be told.

This week, I'm going to show you… my first blog. You know, from the time when blogging was done privately, with a pen and paper… and was known as writing a diary.

I have been writing diaries since I was 9 years old, and I still have them all. I have found that nothing gives me clarity of mind like writing down private thoughts and emotions, then reading through them, thinking, analyzing, praying and reaching a new level of understanding. It's also fascinating to step back and watch how our thoughts evolve through time. Yes, I still keep a journal – blogging has replaced my diary for day-to-day activities and most of my musings, and all your lovely comments are such a fantastic bonus – I truly feel I can't thank all you ladies enough for reaching out to me and becoming dear friends – but there are still many things too private for publishing them online, for the world to see. And yet I feel the need to write them down. So once in a while, I scribble away in my diary with great enjoyment, writing down thoughts for no audience but God's all-penetrating eye.

Have you ever kept a diary? Do you still do that?

38 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

My daughter was the one in our family that loved to write in her journal every night [sometimes more than once a day]...I'm sure she still has it.

Great idea for a show n tell.

I have a tea set today myself for show n tell. Drop by if you can. :o)

Dawn said...

I have been keeping a diary since I was 13 or 14 years old. Some I still have, others got destroyed in Hurricane Charley.
And yes...I still keep one to this day. I haven't been as faithful in writing as it like I used to but I have that nagging sensation to get back into it again.
Journals / Diaries are such a huge stress reliever!

Happy Friday!

Terry said...

Yes, I still keep a journal. Most of the time what shows up on the blog is actually the conclusion I've reached after a long time of studying, writing, and private meditation. And you're right. Somethings are too private to share online.

Penless Thoughts said...

Now nice. Keeping a journal is such a wonderful things to do. I have done it for years.
Susan

Maggie said...

Been keeping one for 14 yrs now. They make for some interesting reading every once in awhile. Like most, I haven't been as diligent with writing everyday, but when I do feel the urge I will take out my pen and scribble away.

Maggie
http://creativeportal.spaces.live.com

p.s. Anna, did you change your comments around? I can no longer hyperlink to my blog. Just curious.

Katy-Anne said...

I have stacks of old journals of mine in my closet!

Anonymous said...

I started keeping a diary when I was about 11 years old. It was one of those 5-year type of books, with just a few lines given to each day. That soon didn't satisfy me, so my parents bought me a ledger-sized book with all blank pages, & my name engraved near the bottome of the front cover. I received it as a Christmas present, & I still think it's one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. That book was soon filled, & I had to get new ones. But I will never forget that first, special volume...given to me by understanding parents, aware of their daughter's need to scribble all her thoughts!

Brenda

Mandy said...

I have kept a diary for about eight years. At first, I wrote in it pretty often, but now I only write from time to time. I have probably only made four or five entries all this year! :( I should make the effort to write in it more frequently. It can be interesting to look back and see what was happening several years ago.

storyteller said...

I've written in journals for many decades and like Katy-Anne's, they've been stored in closets and boxes. Only recently have I gathered them together with the intention to revisit and perhaps "mine" them for gems to polish and perhaps eventually publish :)
Hugs and blessings,

Elizabeth said...

I've been journaling since 1997, so almost half my life. I have a stack of them. When I was younger, in high school, I would write almsot every day. Now I just write when I travel, or if there is a special event. I am going to try to start writing for five minutes every day in an attempt to live more deliberately. Someone said to me "how you live your days is how you live your life" and I couldn't agree more. I would like to write that down, if not for myself, then for my future husband and children.

Chelsea said...

I have since about grade 6. I have 3 going right now, a regular journal, a prayer journal, and one that I write quotes in while I'm reading, to reflect on later. It is nice, because when my friends say, "Do you remember when we..." I can say, "Yes, it was Aug. 9!" Haha.

Anna Naomi said...

I've been keeping one since I was 6 almost 7. I'm not always faithful in writing every day, but it can be a great stress-reliever to write down private thoughts and prayers.

Michelle said...

I started my first diary when I was 8. I was visiting my uncle in Colorado, and he bought me one of those cheesy little girl diaries with a lock. I loved it! When I was younger I used to imagine passing on my diary to my daughter one day, but now, looking back at the things I wrote, I think I'll burn them instead! ;)

I no longer keep a handwritten diary. For those things that are too private for the whole world, I have secret, password-protect entries on my blog. Only my husband can see them.

Jennifer said...

Anna, I definitely connect with you on this! My journals have become a medium for me to focus and communicate with God. There is a wonderful clarity that occurs when one writes one's thoughts and feelings down. It's amazing to me how God has worked in my heart through my journals. I've been packing my room lately and I was shocked to find that I'd filled 8 journals in the past 6 years!

Exspectantes said...

I started journaling when I was 15 as a type of prayer journal. My journals now are a mixture of both prayer reflections and personal thoughts. I like how they blend into each other.

Anonymous said...

I've kept a diary since I was 11 and I still have them all. I only update my blog once a month or so, so most of my writing still goes into my diary. I have to buy large books because the typically sized journals only last me a couple of weeks.

A great christian book about journaling is Journal Keeping: Writing for Spiritual Growth buy Luann Budd. I have a number of journal writing books and this is the best one that I've seen.

Love your blog!!

Many blessings,

Charity F.

Kathy b said...

Diaries are so interesting to re read years later. A way to see how we have grown and changed in our walk as well as a place to process thoughts as we write. This is a great subject for show and tell on a blog.

PEA said...

How wonderful that you still have all the diaries you've ever written in! I remember having diaries and writing in them my most deepest thoughts and emotions...unfortunately, I have no idea where they went to. We moved quite a few times while I was growing up so goodness knows what happened to them. xo

Daughter of the King said...

I wish I had been more consistent in writing in a diary...as it was always in my heart to do so..thanks for sharing..
This is my first time doing the S&T.....this is fun
Deby

Brenda said...

Having said that....I would love to keep the thoughts I'm having as an adult. (My blog is one way I'm doing that). My husband's grandma had a journal that no one knew about and after she died it was so neat getting to know her in a very different way.

It's just those younger thoughts I could do without.

Kathleen said...

Yes, I've journalled for as long as I can remember. I have an old purple and pink diary that I used just as I learned to write. All the entries are in capital letters!

Retha said...

I have been keeping diary from way-back-when too. Now I do not make enough time for writing what I think down. try and fail to have a quick thought .

Melissa said...

Hi Anna,

I was wondering if you could do a photo tutorial sometime on how you iron a dress shirt. I had to iron a bunch of clothes today for family pictures, and it reminded me how clueless I am about ironing!

Also, are we ever going to get to see a picture of N.P. or is he camera shy? ;-)

Mammy said...

Well, you are a blessing. As a grandmother, I am encouraged to know about a young woman like you.
I have always kept some kind of writing going. Not every day. Sometimes it is a prayer, sometimes it is a list of questions to ponder, often with some of the answers. Sometimes it is a song or a poem. I have always been able to think better with a pencil in my hand. (I love pencils)
Nancy

Lydia said...

I have kept a journal since I was 11 and I can't imagine life without one. I too have kept them all and every once in a while I read a little from them to see how far I have come. It truly serves as a testament to God's faithfulness and mercy. I encourage every young lady to keep a journal.

Mary said...

How nice that you still have all of your diaries. As a teen, I kept a diary, but today I keep journals - one for each of my grandsons. Maybe one Friday I will post them. Each journal is written from me to the grandson and tells of all the accomplishments and milestones in their lives. I plan on giving the journals to them when they get married.

Thanks for sharing.
Blessings,
Mary

Hannah said...

I also started keeping a diary when I was 9, but hardly wrote until I started college at 16. Then I wrote every single day...multiple times a day. Unfortunately, since getting married, I have become slack with keeping my diary updated. What can I say, I've become more active upon reaching 24.

nannykim said...

I used to journal and when I go back and read it really shows me how God was working and what I was learning!! I have replaced it with blogging and with 4 by 6 index flip cards that are on a spiral wire---that is where I write Bible verses to be prayed and ways that God is teaching me or showing me His love or touching others--a blessing.

Kelly said...

Journals and diaries are so special. :o) There's something both therapeutic and self-inspiring about writing down one's thoughts, and I really like how you wrote about God being the audience. :o) He's the best cheering section, shoulder to cry on, editor in chief, and listening friend that we'll ever need.

Great share, Anna. Have a blessed weekend!

Mermade said...

Today's "show and tell" item is my favorite one you have posted about! I, too, have kept a diary since I was around nine years old. I still have all of them. I think I may have around 20 or so filled diaries. Since I began blogging, though, I regretfully don't pen down my thoughts as much as I used to. It is so much easier to type them out, although blogging is not as private. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Mommy said...

I agree that some things are just too private. I need to write in a diary again. I have done one of and on since I was 9 years old. It is especially fun to see what I wrote about when I was 9! :)

The Chatty Housewife- said...

I have a 1/2 size notebook of that same exact style. I use it for notes, jottings, lists, things I want to remember. It's not really a journal.

Sammybunny said...

I have been doing a devotional diary for the past seven years (EVERY DAY, NO EXCEPTIONS). It made up of a daily prayer and I also write before the prayer what all happened that day. I also keep a more "secular" diary that I may write in several times a year that isn't about prayer but just a check up of what has happened the past few months. Journals ARE wonderful ways to analyze one's thoughts and see growth in one's life!

Persuaded said...

I don't keep a personal diary..I don't have th nerve since my (otherwise simply wonderful!) mother read mine when I was a teenager, yipes!
I do keep a journal with my thoughts regarding my Bible reading....and now I am enjoying blogging, which as you say, is similar to keeping a diary.
Anna, I want to thank you for introducing me to this Show and Tell Fridays. What fun it is!

Jane said...

I love your thoughts on your diary. I too have found that blogging takes the place of some of my journalling. I do have a journal that I use for my devotions. When I have my quiet time with the Lord I write down what I read - and then how God spoke to my heart. It has been neat to go back through the years and see how God was workign on me way before I needed a specific truth - because He knew what was up ahead.

Thanks for sharing,
~Jane

Jennifer K said...

Being a writer, you'd think I'd keep a journal or diary, but I don't. I kind of mark my life's journeys with other things-photographs, letters, concert tickets, etc.

Anyway, reading these comments reminds me of the great Tallulah Bankhead quote:
“Only good girls keep diaries. Bad girls don't have time.”

Kelli said...

I used to keep a paper journal but now do it all online! LOL My girls collect journals and write it them often.
Hugs,
Kelli

Anonymous said...

i used to keep a diary when I was younger but my sister would read it and even had the audacity to ask me why I wrote this or that.. It was merely a diary a written by a 10 year old on what happened at school etc.. She was such a control freak!
Somehow after that, I developed a phobia of writing my thoughts down. Which is unfortunate because I enjoy writing.