Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Words Hurt, Words Heal

Yesterday was Monday. It was very Monday-ish too. Mondays usually don't bother me, but yesterday, it got me good! To quote the brilliant Judith Viorst,

What happened? Words happened. Words hurt me. Words frustrated me. Words shamed me. Responding to these situations isn't easy. Sometimes I fight back and other times I let go. Today I did a little of both, but most importantly I turned to my own words. Writing helps me sort out issues. Writing brings me peace of mind. Writing often answers questions that I didn't even know I had. Here's a poem that poured out of my day...

My notebook became Mine today.


I grabbed it
in a moment
of pain and
despair.

It’s in this moment
when the pages
offer comfort
and protection
they become part of me.

It’s in this moment
where trust is earned
by guarding and preserving
these words, these sentences,
these stories.


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11 comments:

  1. Sorry you had a tough day -- glad writing made it better. Wishing you a better Tuesday!
    Clare

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  2. I hear your pain and anger. It's OK to let it out on the page. This is important for kids, too, to realize that writing can help heal the hurt. Thanks for sharing today. Here's to a happy Tuesday.

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  3. Ugh! I'm sorry your week started off badly; here's hoping your writing it out, and the start of a fresh new day, make things better. May there be kind words in your world today!

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  4. Sorry to hear about such a bad day. Keep writing through. You always share uplifting words... so we wish you kind words today.

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  5. So sorry to hear that you had a bad day. Isn't it great that you are a writer and can use this talent to help you process the day. I hope today is better.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear yesterday was such an awful day for you. I hope today was better. LMK if you'd like to Vox.

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  7. So nice to know that you have an avenue for "pain and despair". We need to create those spaces for our students who are also hurt by words.

    Love this . . ."It’s in this moment
    where trust is earned
    by guarding and preserving
    these words, these sentences,
    these stories."

    Hope your Tuesday was fabulous!

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  8. Your journal is always there waiting for you. A true companion that takes the good with the bad. My hope for you is that today was a better day!

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  9. I'm late reading, so hope that your Tuesday was much, much better, Michelle. Finding solace in writing and putting those angry & frustrated thoughts on paper does help. Good for you for finding a way that helps.

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  10. My day yesterday wasn't great either and I quoted Alexander to one of my students! It is the perfect book for a horrible day. Glad you found comfort in your writing.

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  11. Yikes, I am reading late and hope that by now you are having a better, more peaceful, happier, breakfast for dinner kind of night...Bacon can cure almost anything!

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