The Art of Affirmation as a Creative Practice

Our words carry life and death. Which one are you cultivating, growing, watering, or gathering? We will reap what we sow, and I hope we’re sowing more life, more hope, and more kindness. It’s needed now more than ever. As a woman who loves words, it often bothers me to see them used to tear people and ideas down. I don’t want to be a part of that crowd. I want my words to leave people better not worse. I believe in the power of affirmation, and I make it a daily part of my creative practice.

Whether written in my personal journal, a 140 character tweet, or a hand lettered art piece, words can make things beautiful. Words can adorn a weary soul with enough grace to make it through difficult journeys. Words of affirmation can sooth the ache in our hearts. At just the right time, a word in due season, gives us the strength we need to overcome. Words!! They matter.

I have found that the more I choose to use them for life and hope, the more they come to me (empower me) especially when battling the darkness or tough circumstances. A word fitly spoken is like wearing a crown of joy. More often than not, to affirm life is to speak the opposite of our negatives. It is to unearth the goodness. Perhaps it is also another way to burst out of the dark and into wide open spaces of light. So I choose to daily practice speaking, reading, and writing affirmative words and phrases. This matters to me and helps me stay rooted and grounded in my purpose on this earth. Love God. Love people. Do good deeds.

I don’t have a magic affirmation writing formula, but I can tell you I choose to reframe the ugliness (things I want to change or improve) in or around me. I speak what should be and not what shouldn’t be. I write what I want to become. In a way, it’s preaching to myself, rousing up the courage and strength to forge ahead. I believe this is an ability we all carry within us – an invitation to strengthen ourselves. We have our own bounty of words coursing through our veins, but so often they lie dormant, waiting to be awakened. It’s time to tune in.

Listen.
Sketch.
Paint.
Write.
Arise.
Affirm.

I want to challenge you today to reflect in a few quiet moments. What does your soul need to hear? What do you need to hear? What do you want to become? How do you want to be? Write those things down that be not, as though they were. Speak them. Believe them, and watch the shift that occurs in your heart. We were made to be vessels who carry gentleness, power in love, and reconciliation. We are like gold dust making all we touch even more lovely. All with the power of our words. And you just might be someone else’s lifeline with the words you create.

Let’s be affirmation people. Maybe, just maybe, we can call ourselves the affirmationists. We will make a difference by speaking and affirming life in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Grow hope. Grow kindness and gentleness. Water this world with the dripping grace of beautiful words.

Tell me your affirmation stories. I’d love to hear them.
In the month of October, I’m participating in the #Write31Days challenge. I’m focusing creative practice in the ordinary, everyday mundane. Each day (or whenever I write) for the series I will post the link on my page for my #31DaysOfCreativePractice. Come along and read.


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