Incredible power

Magnet message 2012

I posted these word magnets in our kitchen after Jeff’s diagnosis in 2012.
They have been there for us to see every day since.

“Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, and they can make people’s hearts sore.” – Mardy Grothe

Never underestimate the effect words can have, for better or worse.  The Bible’s book of James (chapter 3) is one of many sources of wisdom that remind us of the importance of guarding what we say.  One reason I tend to prefer reading and writing to most live conversation is that it comes with a sort of “time delay,” which enables me to be a bit more cautious.

Written words have an additional benefit: they can be available to be read and seen again and again.  That’s why posters, signs and Pinterest sites are full of inspiring quotes and witty sayings with which we decorate our homes and our computer screens.

Today, I encourage you to find a few ways to post some inspiring words where you can see them often.  You can do a simple Google image search and come up with all kinds of ideas.  Letters and cards from loved ones, magazine clippings and even catalogs can provide you with plenty of material to make yourself a small index card or larger collage to feed your mind with helpful and uplifting thoughts.

So if you thought words were just for books and blogs, think again!  Use words to light up your living spaces and bring a smile to your face, or strength to your spirit.  Feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments, or send a photo of a memorable quote that you have posted somewhere in your home or office, and I’ll upload it here.  You can email it as an attached file to

Let’s surround ourselves with words to make our hearts soar!

One year ago today:

The most powerful drug

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia! When I saw the “ask me about” sign in Denise’s office, it was a really great opening to conversation about ADD:
    While people without this can look at it as a joke, those of us who understand it better are able to say, “you, too?” and enter a new level of camaraderie.

    • Susan, yes, there are many who will understand that phrase. So many, in fact, that I wonder whether it may have been a mistake to pathologize what may simply be neurological diversity; a differently wired brain that comes complete with many advantages, such as the ability to make spontaneous connections that may elude others. I’ve grown wary of our tendency to label and diagnose. And equally weary of our drive to medicate ourselves into sameness. I realize that is a controversial position, but I’m no stranger to unconventional thinking myself, and my parents taught me (in actions more than in words) to honor and respect those who heard a different drummer. Little wonder that each of their four children, and really the two of them too, in different ways, fit that category. Something to celebrate, I think, if one can get past the nagging fear of being thought odd or undesirable.

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