Collecting Words

I recently finished reading the book A Snicker of Magic about a girl who sees words all around her and collects them.  She shares them with her best friend but is too shy to turn them into poetry and speak them in front of a group.

Here are some of her words and what she says about them.

Offering

Sacred

Everlasting

“Words that belonged in a sanctuary filled up the spaces between the three of us.  But those words looked as fine there as they’d ever looked in a church, and I wondered if there was something sacred, something everlasting, about melted ice cream and summer days and good stories.” –Natalie Lloyd, author

I believe sharing stories is a sacred act.  It creates an everlasting bond between you and the listener.  Don’t be afraid to use your words or share your stories.  The world needs them to survive.  Stories are the glue that holds us all together.

I used to be afraid to share my stories, too, but not anymore.

As an exercise, I decided to collect some of my own words and see if  I could string them together into something meaningful.

Marshmallow

Poppy

Magic

Magic marshmallow dreaming leads to red poppy success.

Try collecting your own words and fitting them together like a child playing with blocks.  You might just build something really unique.  Something that can hold you up.  Something that can change the world.

 

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Celebrate Bullying Prevention Month!

Did you know October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Bullying can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any age. You might have experienced it growing up or maybe your children are experiencing it now. You might have experienced it at work with a co-worker or boss. The bottom line: BULLYING IS NOT OK. Standing by and doing nothing while it happens is also not ok. How will you be an upstander this month?

One of the best things we can do as artists is share our stories.  I will give my story a voice in hopes that it will help other kids find their voices.