Friday, January 16, 2015

Sending good words

I am probably one of the most well-intentioned card senders you’ll ever meet. For the past two years I didn’t send out Christmas cards. I let myself off the hook, but it was hard because I really had it in my heart to send out well-wishes to my loved ones.

I’ve been meaning to send a thank you to someone in my life for over a year. My intentions are very, very good. But, intentions don’t have a pen and paper, do they? Intentions don’t drive the letter to the mailbox and get it sent after the stamp is in place, do they?

What about if we’re not even talking about the written word that we send? What about our thoughts? My thoughts?

What kinds of thoughts am I sending to myself and others every day?

Are they thoughts of kindness, loyalty and love? Or are my thoughts ones of harsh judgement and criticism?

I catch myself often going through the Rolodex of my mind and stopping on a judgmental thought. Thank heavens, I’m starting to see when I stop on one of those damaging thoughts, and going back. 

I go back and re-say the thing that I had said wrong in my mind. I say something like, 

“I send loving thoughts toward _____________. 

They are worthy of love.”

Just this last week, I took an ugly fall in a mall store. I was there to return some pajamas and buy some new ones. As I turned away from the cashier, I slipped on an invisible wet spot from melting snow and went down very hard. Hard enough to stun and hurt me.

What were my words to myself that day, and the following week?

I tried very carefully to make them compassionate words and not words that would leave not only my body feeling very sore, but my spirit, too.


Thanks so much for stopping by today friend!


LInking up today with other writers at Kate Motaung's place for Five Minute Friday. Stop by her place to see the description for this awesome free-writing community! Today's prompt is "send".

Also linking up with the lovelies at Coffee for Your Heart and #TellHisStory.


  1. Good thoughts here. I faaaaaaaar too often catch myself saying terrible things to myself or to others. it's so important to send out thoughts of love and gratitude into the world

  2. This is a lesson that is continuing ed in my life. I have a feeling my mental reactions to such an accident might not have been compassionate toward myself. This is a great lesson for me.
    I am so very sorry you had to experience such pain; I pray healing for your body, Anne -
    I'm with John in his prayer, " Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."

  3. Anne - Absolutely love and agree with your thoughts on our words to ourself and others. I am asking God to help me 'filter' my thoughts each day, I'm surprised sometimes what I say to myself especially. Thanks, sandraj


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