Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wall Words: Instructions and Reminders of What is Important

As I was getting ready for church this morning, I was also trying to decide on a topic for my next blog post.  I was uninspired as I went through possible post subjects; one was discarded because the timing wasn't right, another because it was too similar to another recent post, and on and on.  I looked to my left, to the wall next to the shower and there they were -- wall words, those rub-off decals purchased when we moved into our home and installed in the bathroom and living room.

Wall Words come in many varieties, including hundreds of quotations on dozens of topics.  You also have the option to custom order individual words in your choice of color and font.  I decided that I wanted instructions to myself for the bathroom.  These words, then, are what my "best self" would do if she didn't get bogged down in worrying, regretting, borrowing trouble, negative ruminating, and the other habits I have that can make me miserable. 

One wall in our living room has words that remind us of what is important.  These words include kindness, serenity, strength, love, patience, freedom, peace, hope, courage, wisdom, compassion, friends, and family.

I feel that words have power -- words that we say to ourselves, words that we say to others, words that we write and words that we read.  Sometimes we just need a little reminder or a little nudge to encourage ourselves to dance, or sing, or dream or believe again.

What are your "wall words"?


Thisisme. said...

I love those wall words that you have next to your shower, and what a good idea! I think my words would be 'kindness', patience, tolerance, love, family, friends, books, sea, flowers. I'd better stop there, or else I'd need a bigger wall!

Joanne said...

For some one who didn't know what to share, this was so prefect! I love it! There is so much power in words!
I love each and every word you have on your walls! Such a great idea.
I also like words like Home, Give Thanks, Mercy, Grace...
Thanks for this lovely post!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

any or all of those words would be a great way to start or finish any day..
Thanks for sharing that Annie.. I wish you JOY~!


Mollianne said...

I am surrounding myself with the word 'Grace' this year. It is my one word of concentration for 2011 and I find that putting that word in places that my gaze rests keeps it in my mind. I hope to regift some of these treasures at the end of the year. Who couldn't use a little more grace in their lives?

Honey at 2805 said...

Lovely words for any time of the day! Thanks for sharing.

Olive Cooper said...

You are right. Words have power and they can hurt and you cannot take them back.

HolyMama! said...

i agree - words DO have power, and what a wonderful reminder system you have built right into your home!

my words would be... "redeemed, forgiven, loved" (identity type words)
and "listen, share, appreciate" (action words)

(there are some words at my site going up soon that are just for YOU.)

Anonymous said...

Dear Annie Joy
I love letters, too. When searching for blogs that have a letter theme, I came across your nice little blog. Kudos for you for giving letters the credit they deserve. It's sad that it's quickly becoming a lost art, not to mention the impact it has on social history, something I take very seriously as a history major. I hope you will check out my blog, Letters of Lore, at

Cozy Little House said...

I keep thinking I want to do some wall words. I just don't know where! My wall space is filled up.

BECKY said...

Wonderful post, Miss Annie Joy!! I LOVE wall words, but don't have any of the actual brand...Gotta save up some $$ for those! :)

But, I DO have some wooden sign words that I bought a couple of years ago. I had a large, blank wall along my staircase that needed "something" on it. I found the right words and they are: Believe, Laugh, Dance and Dream! Definitely words to live by! Have a wonderful week!


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