Words Matter

February 15, 2012

During the early days of our marriage, Ryan and I decided that except for birthday and Christmas, we would just exchange cards, no presents. It was getting out of hand to have to have a gift for every occasion - and we were constantly budgeting and trying to think of things to suggest to the other as gifts. Now, 5 years in, I think it was one of the best decisions we made.

Yesterday being Valentine's Day - we exchanged cards over a quiet dinner at home. As I read those sweet, tender words my husband had written, tears rolled down my cheeks. The thought came to me, " words matter."

As I kept thinking about that phrase throughout the evening, I thought how profound that statement is. Harsh or soft, sweet or mean, uplifting or degrading, words matter and affect us deeply.

I made this page to exemplify that statement. I attached the sweet card my husband gave to me yesterday and used one of our wedding photos.

The quote on the tag in the corner is one my mother often repeated, from the children's book, "Horton Hears a Who." It reads -
"I said what I meant, and I meant what I said."

That quote is a bold reminder to me to choose words carefully, and share good words often.

Have you ever received a hand written note or letter in the mail by surprise? That for me is one of the top 10 best feelings ever! I've been working on sending more "happy mail" this year. A letter or note, a package or special treat. Isn't it funny that when you do nice things for people, it comes back to you tenfold? I've been the recipient of so many random happy mail or packages or sweet treats or phone calls -  I am a very lucky girl.

I propose a challenge today - use your words for good. Write a letter, call a friend, send an e-mail, whatever you choose. Then come back here and tell me about it! I would love to hear all about it!

Holly & Co.


Mary Jo said...

What a lovely post!
I have been thinking more and more lately that I miss "real mail" and would love to just send some happy mail to friends and family this year.

And you are right!
Words do matter. And can't be taken back once said out loud.
I've been more focused on trying to speak kindly.

Gary and Natalie Pratt said...

You are a fount of never-ending creativity! Gorgeous!

shire said...

wow....this is so amazing!! love all of your layout! Many greetings from germany,

Christa said...

That is a beautiful page!!

April said...

I absolutely love this post...thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us. :)

Jennie M said...

You're right on. Gorgeous page, too!

Natt Smith said...

really cute lo !!

Jen said...

You have a good husband. :) His call on Sunday was a shining light in my day. And, letters on special occasions is an excellent idea that I need to adopt (and not just think about)!

ACReviews said...

What a great post and good reminder about our words. Your family is beautiful Holly!

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