Use Your Words

They are words one would hear from a preschool teacher or moms of little ones.  It has been ages since I have been either.  It is the one phrase that keeps coming to mind as I ponder what to write after a two month absence. “Use your words.”

I have been communicating in other ways these last couple months, but have continually missed using my words. Aside from the busy Thanksgiving and Christmas season, I can look back on November and December and know that I busied my spare moments with valuable projects.

I committed some time each week to stay with a friend of mine who was diagnosed with A.L.S. She is the mom to three wonderful, mostly-grown children. During my visits, we decided to use that time for her to tell me things she wants her kids to know. She talked and I took notes. I asked her to think of 3 words to describe each of them, what she was most proud of in each of them, what she most wants them to know. Along the way, there were funny stories and memories of how she fell in love with her husband. It was a very rich and worthwhile process.  I took her words and turned them into a book for each one of the kids for Christmas. Each one was unique to represent their personality but each was similar in content. I wrapped and delivered them the week of Christmas, just before her older daughter was to arrive home from Maryland.

I also received the key to “Studio B” on November 5. It is a “working studio” in our downtown historical district, where a variety of artists display their work. Each time I had been in before,  I loved this creative environment full of beautiful things. I decided to walk through an open door, after receiving a call that there was space available and took samples of my work to meet with the owner. Though accepted, I had little to display, so I went to work immediately creating things that might possibly sell during the Christmas season. My focus has been on creating mini journals… places where we can take note of how our life unfolds, how we love a loved one, slip in a picture or jot down the bits of abundance from our days.

“Use your words.” It is generally spoken to  a child as they attempt to communicate instead through tantrums, tears, wailing or whining. Hopefully, I am not guilty of {too much} of that. Though sad that I missed writing through my favorite season, I do not regret the projects that I gave my time and attention to. As for my writing, I am just happy to begin again. Though I don’t have anything amazing to say, I needed simply to use my words. Do you have something you wish you were doing but can’t seem to make the time for? I encourage you to join with me in doing it today! There’s no need to wait for a Sunday, the first of the month or another new year. Just take the first step and begin today!

Using My Words With You,

About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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1 Response to Use Your Words

  1. Debra Miller says:

    Sounds like you had a wonderfully creative holiday season. 🙂

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