Writing – What a Wonderful Life

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Can I express myself?  Most often pretty succinctly – most easily on a piece of paper.  I love to write – every day – multiple times, sometimes about nothing and then again about everything!  It helps me vent and be aware of my innermost feelings.  What I really love is when the writing takes over and you don’t know the story until you read it later.  That is my favorite kind of writing because it feels the most naturally expressive.  I’m sure there is some kind of fancy name for that kind of writing – I don’t know what it is but I love doing it.

I just want to write!  I try to find a niche that I am most comfortable in and I find all of them at one time or another useful, depending on my type of  expressions.  It seems to me that real-life incidents trigger the emotional depth I like to express in most of my writing.  Sometimes I want to be silly, sometimes I want to be descriptive, sometimes I want to be factual and I always want to be encouraging.  Words.jpgWords are so very important to life itself.  We need to be watchful however of how we use words.  I believe words should be uplifting, encouraging, healing, inspirational, hopeful and fun.  I try to complete even my rants on a positive note.  I am conscious of others’ feelings in a way that even when telling someone the truth about a serious subject (maybe their words or something resulting from their own behavior) that I leave them with a hopeful outlook.

I don’t ever want to be considered a “know-it-all”, self-righteous, condescending or unfeeling.  I just want to help someone else see the rainbow beyond the clouds.  Now don’t get me wrong, I know that not everything spoken is going to “mend the world” or even make it a “better place.”  Neither do I want to appear to have all the answers to everyone’s dilemma or the solution to the world’s problems – I just want to make a difference and for that difference to be a positive one!

There is so much hopelessness in the world today.  I want to help and I know that I cannot help everyone BUT . . . I do know that I can help someone!  I firmly believe that life is what it is and there are some things we cannot change, no matter how much we hope, pray, cry, plead, holler, cuss or berate the situation.  So many things are out of our control and we are just along for the ride.  We might as well make the best of it and keep looking for the silver lining in the dirty, grey, black, ominous clouds overhead.

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At least for me – – – that’s the way it works!  I try to find the beauty in everything and maybe that makes me a dreamer.  I would guess that I would rather be a dreamer than give up!  Tomorrow is another day, a new chance to make right decisions, fix wrongs and keep going.  Maybe my writing helps me do that.  I’m not sure – most feedback I get is encouraging and of course I always run into life’s doom-sayers, but you can’t keep me down and if I can help you get back up to your feet through my words, I will breathe my last breath trying!

Encouraging Words Mean a Lot!

Next on your agenda are the bank deposits and getting office supplies on the way back to the office.  Well, that doesn’t go well either.  The deposits are mixed up and you have to recount everything and the line at Office Supplies Today is about ten people deep with only one checker.  So while you are checking your watch every few minutes your foot begins to tap out a code indicating your impatience.  The customer behind you tentatively reaches out to get your attention and begins to tell you how beautiful your suit is and how professional you look.  You offer a hasty thank you as your items begin to approach the scanner.   It’s about time and you finally are able to return to the office and actually get some work done.

As your client arrives to pick up the project you have fussed over all day, he tells you how grateful he is for your expertise because without it he would never have been able to do his presentation the next day.  He leaves you with a smile a mile wide and a generous tip to boot.

Now stop to think about how hectic your day has been and how you were able to accomplish your goals despite the interference.  As you review your day you remember the graciousness of the lady with the little dog and you realize that you were where you were meant to be in order to make her loneliness a little less overwhelming because you took time to visit with her.  Your time at the bank actually helped you slow down and regroup.  The lady at the office supply store made you secretly feel good about yourself although you were frazzled and impatient.  Finally, your client picked up the project he had you working on and praised your competence and efficiency, letting you know how very important it was to his successful presentation.  His tip to you certainly showed that he meant what he said!

So as you realize how much you needed and appreciated the encouragement you received today, the reality of being an encouragement to others gives you an inner satisfaction that none of your time today was wasted.  You were where you needed to be and despite your impatience you were able to be a blessing as well as be blessed yourself.  That gentle realization makes you vow to take things more in stride in the future because there is a more important plan to life than just checking things off your “To Do” list as quickly as possible.

You never know how important your seemingly trivial conversations may be in someone else’s life.  They may need to hear what you have to say and you will be blessed in return.  Make your words encouraging today and every day!