When I Want to Say All the Pretty Things

I see the words dripping from the pages and the screen like honey for the soul. Words that speak of beauty, ache, hope, wonder, and breathtaking imagination are lost on me at the present moment. I want to be that kind of writer, but exaggerated words fail me. Simplicity whispers, “rest in the solace of quiet, unassuming words.” In the right-now moment all I have is the simplicity of today with words unadorned by adjectives and adverbs, flowery symbolism, or purposefully placed punctuated marks. There are times my use of accidental alliteration is astounding, but I digress. Today I affirm when I want to say or write all the pretty things, simplicity is the most beautiful gift.


I did not write a post yesterday for my #write31daysofaffirmation. I took a rest. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to be perfectly imperfect when it comes to a challenge or calling. The practice of giving one’s self grace in the process of doing hard things gives relief from the pressure. As I’ve been writing for this challenge, I’m reminded how a little bit of self kindness and gentleness make the journey doable. It helps it feel like something I want to do rather than something I have to do.

To know you are allowed to not get it perfectly right when you live into your purpose and calling, is a permission we all should give ourselves more of – permission to rest, permission to stop, and permission to change directions if needed. I’m giving myself a break, or at least I did yesterday. I am okay with doing so. The temporary reprieve gives me mental, emotional, and spiritual space to breathe deep and contemplate without the pressure of hitting the publish button.


I’ll be real with you. There are many times when the words we write are just for us – never meant to shared with anyone. Those are the kinds of treasures I want more of – to store them up when writing is lean and seems impossible. Tonight I can write about the simple act of showing up, being real, being honest, and extending grace to me and to you. It is more than enough for this right-now moment, and it is enough to keep me gently and boldly moving forward. So tonight I tell myself it’s okay if the words are stark naked and plain to read. There is more than enough grace for them to land on hearts willing to take them in.

Let’s give ourselves more permission to not to have to say or write all the pretty things that we think will gut-punch someone with beauty. Instead, let’s enjoy and share the simplicity of the here and now in our ordinary, everyday mundane. Even the straightforward, simple things have the power to strike us gently with awe and gratitude. There’s so much loveliness yet to unearth, and I’m ready to dig deeper.


This is day 19 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. I gave myself permission to miss a day and WHAT a wonderful break that was. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series posthere. I hope you’ll be encouraged.

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