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Do you ever think about how surreal blogging is sometimes?
Day after day I write my thoughts and my dreams and my aspirations down on the pages of this blog for others to read. It’s like an online diary of snippets of my life and when I write about my hopes and my dreams and my projects and my stories…
….I leave a little piece of myself behind for others to see.
Sometimes I’m trying to encourage.
Sometimes I’m trying to share my heart.
Sometimes I’m trying to communicate how grateful I am for you and the time you spend on this blog every week.
And the incredible thing about a blog?
The thing that makes me wake up every day?
Is that I am LUCKY enough to get to communicate emotion like joy or hopefulness or heart or sadness or wistfulness or elation.
And I get to do it every, single day…
…all with only the written word.
Yesterday we finished decorating the outside of the house.
And when I stepped back?
I literally wanted to do cartwheels on the lawn.
We added smaller wreaths to the windows and a large wreath at the very top of the porch and more garland and red bows…
…just in time for the month before Christmas.
And today when I’m trying to explain how happy the outside of my house makes me?
All I have are the words on this page.
Just 26 characters and a stray symbol or two.
I can’t rely on word inflection or facial gestures or hand-waving or a raised voice at the end of a question or a laugh when something is funny or a smile when something is witty or a sigh when something touches your heart.
Now I do have a semi-colon and an exclamation point and an ellipse and a comma or two.
But other than that?
It’s just words.
And when you think about it like that….
….isn’t it truly amazing?
It’s almost like a challenge to me to try and paint a picture for you with all those letters. I know it’s random, but I agonize over each and every punctuation mark and word. Even the slightest change it a word can communicate a different meaning.
You could say I love this large over-sized wreath on the front of the house.
Or you could say I adore this large over-sized wreath on the front of the house.
Same sentence with just one-word change and it adds a subtle nuance to the entire meaning of the sentence.
Isn’t that amazing?
Aren’t words incredible?
So to fully communicate how excited I am about my Christmas decorating?
I put together the following list of words to effectively express my excitement. You can finish any of my sentences here on this post with:
and the ever-popular ebullience
See what I mean?
All those letters that makeup all those words express a different type of joy.
But here’s the thing—even if the words fall short?
Even if the words don’t exactly fit?
Even if I can’t effectively communication my excitement over those clusters of red bows nestled into those rows of wreaths?
I can always fill the page with exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS Never underestimate the power of a really good punctuation mark.
PSS Here are some more amazing wreaths over at Wayfair.
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