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This is the word

The explosion of information on the Internet removes the necessity to create original writings. At our fingertips we have access to words written by others on any topic imaginable.

The words of others often seem more polished than our own and it’s tempting to copy a chunk of text rather than spending time considering and constructing our own sentences.

While I am eager to read and learn from words written by others, I continually strive to create original written pieces as they reflect time spent thinking and sorting through the corridors of my mind.

Writing empowers me to express myself about things I am passionate about. I spend many hours writing, re-writing and reading my words until I am satisfied with the final piece.

These written pieces are my friends. When I read my words I hear my voice and recall my thoughts from different eras of my life. They are my lifelong collection of words with the power to evoke memories.

Most of the things I write about are an indulgence in self-expression. They are extensions of thoughts residing in my brain that become clearer when written down. I write simply and from the heart.

However, there are always exceptions and if I come across words written by someone else that succinctly express emotions that I relate to then I have no hesitation to use their words. This is one such exception…….

If you want to awaken all of humanity then awaken yourself.

If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself.

Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.

Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu was a philosopher of ancient China, considered the founder of philosophical Taoism. According to traditions he lived in the 6th century. Throughout history, Laozi’s work has been embraced by various anti-authoritarian movements.

The power of a letter

I’ve always loved hand written letters. The excitement of writing a letter, posting it off to a destination and then receiving a letter back in my mailbox has always intrigued me.

It has always been easier for me to express my feelings on paper rather than verbally. My  personality is unassuming and sometimes I hold back on expression resulting in the other person not receiving the message.  However I have no trouble expressing myself in written form.

Throughout my life I have written letters to people, some were delivered and some never sent, but all of them helped me to express my feelings.

I’ve saved all the personal letters that I have received in a big box that I sometimes take out and read, transporting me back to a time when things were different. Seeing words in my mum’s handwriting somehow comforts me and makes me feel that she is still with me.

This week I had lunch with my best friend and was compelled to write her a letter after I saw her. With her permission I am sharing that letter with you.

To my oldest and dearest friend,

I love you.

Thank you for being my friend throughout all our ups and downs over the past 41 years. I am positive that our friendship will continue until the day we take our last breath.

People have come and gone throughout our lives but our friendship has withstood every situation and never fades. There is nothing that could destroy our bond.

Yesterday when I saw you for our Christmas visit I sensed that you are in pain. I could see it in your eyes, hear it in your words and feel it in my heart.

You are dealing with many stressful situations and I fear they are taking their toll on your peace of mind. I understand that these situations are impacting on your life and are unfair and frustrating.

But you have to step back from them before they eat into your soul.

If you need me to do anything to ease your pain then I expect you to call out to me and ask for help. I am your friend and will stand by you through any situation.

Never lose sight of the kind and loving person you are.

All you need is love.

Just call my name and I’ll be there

My friend’s response

Thank you.  You have such a way with words and can say the things I think, but cannot put into words.  I know you would be there for me no matter what, and I for you, and that is the most comforting thought I have.