Does anyone keep a written diary?

Does anyone keep an actual written diary of their life?
I was just searching through mine for some particular notes …the last ended about 2012 when I began using the Internet .This New year I plan to start writing again:) My father writes in his every night .

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I did for about 25 years but a couple of years ago I decided that they needed to be burned because my views of things through the years might be hurtful to family and friends if they read them. I was honest and blunt and many times just poured it all out on those pages. Also just got to be a pain to find place to store them all. It was GREAT though before they went into the fire I sat and went through them and found wonderful pictures, articles, and some things I really wanted to keep. They were good to remember dates of when things happen cause as I get older my memory goes farther and faster away.

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I have journals going back to the early 1990s but I only write a few times a month or when something out of the ordinary happens.

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Mine kind of became like that towards the end,for a while I was writing the everyday things,then the not so good things or the happy events.Sometimes there were many blanks when days wern’t so good as I didn’t want my children finding and reading them in the future:) At some stage I’ll have to decide what to do with them,wether to sensor or just burn them.

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I filled the Library of Alexandria with many of my journals and writings. After a few centuries, I grew tired of that collection…so I burnt the place down.

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Do you miss your diaries at all Cajun Joy?

I never have because I’m concerned if I read the past writings I will focus too much on the past and things that have not worked out so well. I used to do that too much. Now I try to live in the present and move forward.

I know some who find it very helpful to work through feelings by writing them down.

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I find it funny many times something will happen (an event, a thing of importance on the news, a special moment in our family or in my life) and I’ll think Oh I need to write that in my journal. Then I remember nope you don’t have the journals anymore. It did bring back a LOT of memories to go through them and I had forgotten a LOT of things that I wrote about. Was fun when I’d find an OLD picture or article and remember why I had saved it in there. But it’s ok I try to just live life for the moment and not take any of them for granted. It was a nice and stress relieving way to deal with things and to record our history. But like I said many would have hurt family if they had read them and many would have been easily misunderstood because they were my interpretation of things that might not have been the same as others interpretations. I can say I enjoyed them while doing them, I do miss them but I move forward.

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For some reason I started mine in 1980. I just remember one day thinking I need to write what I’m feeling down. And I did and then it just was a natural thing to do. Some days it was just a few words, some days a page and some days continuing pages. I tend to write fast so reading them was fun to see my hurried handwriting and my scribbling to get the thoughts down before I forgot them.

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Come to think of it,I would love to have read my maternal grandmothers diary in particular if she had written one ,to have known her .All my grandparents passed away before I was born,but she knew I was coming along :slight_smile:

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I could imagine!:slight_smile: Ohh,some of mine the writing is soo tiny and now beginning to fade…id like to save some from when I was travelling.

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I wish my Mom had kept a diary (it might explain a lot of things) but HECK she was busy raising 6 young children and she barely had time to sit down and catch her breath.

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I keep very versatile diary.
There’s even a list of sins, epitimia’s, horrible mistakes, relevant memories, rules and vows.
Sometimes the results of what the reflections are in two opposite columns.
This kind of comparison arguments, and attempt to explain myself- whether one outweighs the other arguments.
Since I study languages, I keep a diary sometimes in three languages at the same time.
Only I understand what is written there.

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Kind of like a spiritual diary combined with an every day event diary?

My mother and I keep diaries although they’re actually our yearly calendars. The only blank pages in hers are when she was in rehab in 2012 and earlier this year.

I write about the antics of my pets and the weather in mine. Plus the deaths that occurred that year. I remember when Archbishop Sheen passed away. And I wrote “Bishop Sheen died today.” When I looked back at that entry, I thought it was wonderful insight to have put that down. I also wrote about him when they had his funeral Mass. I was 19 at the time. Guess he left an indelible impression on me even then.

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I meant the diary only on the basis of past memories. Probably I should keep a diary based on events and experiences. This is very useful for different kinds of analysis, especially the spiritual one.
I may want to try with the new year keep such a diary.:blush:

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I don’t keep a diary as such, but have a notebook that I write some of the blessings I have received, meditations and some answers to prayers. I have to have tear out pages so that if I can tear out the pages that are a bit out of kilter. When emotion has been replaced by faith and reason, the pages can be replaced by a couple of lines, followed by thanks to God for resolving the issue and/or healing. It is good to revisit some of the special times with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

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My maternal grandmother kept a diary, and my aunt kept them after she died in 1968. I do not remember being able to read them. My aunt has now passed and I think a cousin has taken charge of them, so I will check out which cousin has them.

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I’ve done it off and on. The last time I was writing regularly in a diary it was during a very tumultuous time in my life involving a lot of drinking, sin and stuff I would prefer not to be doing and the diary was mostly a place to let out anger and frustration.
I also kept a greatly expurgated online journal for a while.
Both activities take energy and effort that I’d rather be putting into something else right now…plus my life has gotten very calm so I simply don’t have much to write about nowadays, which is nice. :slight_smile:

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Kind of, sometimes I’ll write down how I’m feeling and make them into songs, or short stories. They’re not always directly about me, and I don’t always use my name for the stories. I like to take the best things from real life, and write them down to make something out of them. And the worst things too.

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