Day 81 – Grateful for Words
By Renee Bodkin
Today I am grateful for words. And the ability to share them. Spoken and written. Words give life meaning and give meaning to our lives. We are given a gift of words. Use them wisely. Use them with purpose. Use them with thought.
I am grateful even more specifically for MY WORDS. That I have the capacity to string them together in some cohesiveness to hopefully inspire and motivate others.
My words in my classroom are articulated carefully… I teach special ed high school kids who’ve been beaten down and given up on. My words are powerful. I need to use the right words to inspire them to have hope in a future that will probably be difficult. Each day I have my students do a “warm up writing” assignment – in which they usually grumble about. This assignment though serves a number of purposes. 1 – The more you write, the better a writer you become. 2 – Writing gives you a voice where you have to think before you speak (or should I say write). They don’t do that often. They say things without thinking and their words often hurt or are thoughtless. 3 – Writing helps them find words for their dreams and goals and ambitions. It makes them real. 4 – Words give them life as they approach graduation and the unknown world of adulthood.
Words… each and every day. Be grateful for them.