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Perspective: Day Nine

I thought we’d start with the prompt today. Take 2, 3 or 5 minutes to respond to the following unfinished sentence. (Set a timer, if it helps you.)

Words make me feel….

When you are done, come back and read the quotes of the day, and some ideas about capturing and collecting words.

Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24 NLT)



There is a certain magic in writing down words for me. I don’t know when I developed my affection for words. Was it when I was learning the alphabet by rote in the song? Was it when I was given mimeographed worksheets to write the lower case “a” and then “b” and so on? Or  was it when I was given a blank paper with the solid blue and dashed red lines on it, in order to copy words like at, bat, cat, and that?

I loved reading, spelling, writing and most of all learning. I remember when I first fell in love with definitions. In the seventh grade, the teacher gave us a word list, like we used to get in elementary school for spelling, but the assignment was to not only learn how to spell these words, but also to alphabetize them and look up their definition. I remember trying to pronounce “pungent” as phonetically presented in the dictionary.  And discovering that adamant meant very determined.

I clearly was on my way to being a word lover by the time I graduated high school, and my love for God’s word blossomed then as well. I was introduced to the idea of studying the Bible, and of course, I wanted to learn the Greek and Hebrew origins of the ancient text.

When I went back to college, after my own children were in high school, I was thrilled that UM-St.Louis offered Latin, as a language choice for my foreign language credits. So many of our words originate from Latin roots, especially prefixes.

Words make me feel happy, productive and interested in their origins and meaning.

Maybe words are not your thing, but I hope you give them a chance to bring delight into your life. You could just collect them, or  at least choose one to define.

The easiest way to collect words is in a list. Or you could actually keep them in a little paper box? Or maybe you could house your favorite words in a poem? If you’re not a poet, why not try using another person’s words to find your own by discovering a found poem?

Creative Links:

Masu Box with Lid

How to Find a Poem



One response to “Perspective: Day Nine”

  1. Like you, Kel, I love words (I say and write enough of them, don’t I?!) And I think a major reason that I do is that my mother read them to me from the time I was very small. I have memories of her reading poetry and lovely children’s books and also singing words to me. And for me, beyond my exhilaration in knowing their deliciously nuanced meanings and roots, its hearing them like music. They trip off my tongue and lilt in my mind in creative color and cadence. Whenever I write, I don’t just *see* my words (and I’m a very visual learner), and think my words, but I *hear* them. I don’t mean that I talk when I write (though some may argue that point–like my husband!), but I hear them in my head. And if they don’t feel right, then I say them aloud, and more often than not, if they’re not right, it’s because the sound of their rhythm or the sound of their alliteration or assonance is off. And then I am grateful for erasers or delete buttons. But I don’t use those devices in my journals. My journals are raw and unedited. And maybe the sound of my words are harsh and cacophonous. But that’s okay. Those kinds of words need to be extricated from my heart and mind and exploded onto the page where they can no longer hurt me or the ones against whom I might harbor them. The pages can absorb them, and God can take them and transform them. So, with our love of words, also comes a responsibility….to use them well and to use them charitably and to know what we mean and whom we affect when we share them. Am LOVING reading about your perspectives, Kel! And btw, I keep meaning to tell you that I love French and your banner quote! Yes, Vivez le Reve! (Oh, and Mike studied Latin, and because of that, he knows more word definitions than you can shake a pen at)!

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Hi! My name is Kel Rohlf. I am an intuitive mixed-media artist, creative writer and performer. Life is a performance. I often attend.


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