I sat on a bar stool with my elbows resting on my friend’s kitchen bench. The sound of tea making was interspersed with chatter. It was a comfortable scene of familiarity between friends and I’m smiling right now as I recall it. As the conversation continued, my hands explored the surface beneath me. I absently ran my index finger around the rim of a small glass in front of me; it was filled with shells.
“This makes me happy,” I said randomly.
“I love how you say that.” She smiled at me, this friend of mine.
“That things make you happy.”
Until my friend brought it to my notice, I didn’t really realise I said it aloud because I’ve developed this habit of giving life to feelings and objects with words. It helps me capture the here and now.
In that moment, the shells became the definition of happy. They were such a simple joy! They made me happy because shells are from the sea, and the seaside sings songs of freedom to me. I didn’t so much recall but rather connected with the last time I was at the beach with my daughter. All of that in just one small moment.
There’s power in that.
Left unspoken, they were just shells in a glass…
Words are powerful and edifying when spoken in truth.
There’s a butterfly.
You are beautiful.
I like this colour.
The sun is out today.
This necklace makes me happy.
I love you.
It sounds airy fairy but I’ll say it anyway because it’s true to me: When I acknowledge what is often hidden amongst the obvious, it enriches my day, and has the power to make moments, magical.
Say it aloud.
LucyApril 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm
You DO articulate your feelings so very easily Kelly, and very quickly and directly, and I LOVE THAT about you. It makes me realise that your feelings are close to the surface – your navigation. Which is GOOD. xx
ReneeApril 4, 2012 at 6:39 am
Kelly, i really love starting my day with your beautiful posts…you have such a wonderful knack of capturing insightful concepts along with really simple, practical, easy step by step suggestions of things we can do that can make a difference to not just people’s days but their lives….
LattejunkieApril 4, 2012 at 7:50 am
I always feel better when I say things out loud too.
I must try to make it a habit.
ShannonApril 4, 2012 at 7:52 am
I remember when I was younger my Mum used to point out a bird or the way the sun shone a leaf but I, drenched in the impatience & self-importance of youth, would shrug it off & speed on to the next thing. Once I had children, I started to chatter to them about the things around us and began to really notice the beauty that we all experience in our daily lives. Mum’s gone now but it is hands down the best gift that she gave me.
Mummy BeckApril 4, 2012 at 8:08 am
This is my favourite post of yours ever..thank you 🙂
Nicole GrantApril 4, 2012 at 9:14 am
Beautiful Kell! I quite often get accused of being distracted by ‘shiny things’. This post reminds me not to feel guilty about that. Thanks 🙂
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Deb @ Bright & PreciousApril 13, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Simply beautiful, Kelly. I feel the same way about shells, Kelly. The seaside sings songs of freedom to me. I am learning the power of saying things aloud too.
EllieApril 18, 2012 at 8:30 am
What a lovely post. Words are so powerful, sometimes we forget that.