Words Matter ~ a group writing project

It all started with a conversation on Facebook. A small thank you note, really, for an entry someone I have never met wrote about our family. Her response took me a little off guard.

“Gosh…you mean I MATTERED?”

And that got me thinking about all the notes and cards and emails we’ve received. So many start with, “I don’t know what to say . . I wish I had the words. . .I know nothing I say can help. . .” But they do.  I read them. Late at night, when I go in his room and he isn’t there with his knees tucked under him and that little tush in the air, I read them again. And Saturday nights, when my thoughts start racing and it seems like all the world is crashing in, I read them yet again.  Sometimes it is specific words and sometimes it is the volume of responses, but they are not lost on us and they are all so very appreciated.

Words matter. Every day we have the opportunity to speak thousands of words into the lives of those we love: children, spouses, parents, friends and even strangers we run into on the street. Every day, thousands of words are spoken into our lives. Sometimes they build up and sometimes they tear down, but always they matter.

So with that in mind, I decided to start my own little monthly writing project: Words Matter. On the second Wednesday of every month, I’ll put up a post about words and how they have impacted our life and I will include a linky for anyone who wants to participate. I’ll leave it open for a month so you can join in any time.

So start thinking about words — the ones which heal, the ones which hurt and the ones you wish had been said — and come back Wednesday to join in the discussion on just how much they matter.

I even made a nice little graphic for anyone to use, but WordPress keeps converting the code on me when I try to put it in a post. The code in the sidebar appears to be working, but if you have difficulties, let me know and I’ll email the code or walk you how to include it on your blog.


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Rose
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I think this is a wonderful idea!

Jen
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Sounds interesting, looking forward to it.

Meghan
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I’m glad that your readers words have helped you, and I want to remind you how much your words matter to us. Your writing is beautiful, and we’re so thankful you share your memories of your beautiful boy with us.

Chris
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Yes Meghan, great point. Ditto that Dana’s words that matter to us too. That was my thought exactly reading this post! Dana, its not just what or how wonderful I think you write that draws me to you and your family, it’s your thought process: so seemingly unselfish, striving for good, looking for hope, uncompromisingly your-own-self and a heart full of balanced love: not at all harsh, angry in right, good and appropriate doses (but it moves you to good, too — not to more anger or a bitter place) you do not seem overly-indulgent but seem to have a… Read more »
Dawn
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Oh my gosh, I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it– to tell my story– but now I see God giving me this little push. Words DO matter. They can heal or they can kill the spirit. And my story begins with words that sparked action. *Deep breath*. Okay, I’ll do it.

Amanda G.
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Wow. I’m so excited for this project. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Joscelyn
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Hey Dana,

You are so right about words mattering. What you say, or don’t say does matter.
As a Mom who lost a child she never knew your words mattered to me & spoke to me…thank you!! I related to what you have said, even though our circumstances are entirely different.
I would love to say I am sorry about your loss in person & give you a great big hug (these things were what mattered the most to me), but I guess a virtual one will have to do {big H-U-G}.
The Words Matter Project will be great 🙂

Karen
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I love this idea and look forward to participating! 🙂

kay burnett
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words do matter! you are so unselfish in your quest for surviving your loss. i “found you” a couple of months ago and was so amazed at your strength, your character, your willingness to throw it all out there. and i hear you… i’ve listened… i’ve gone back to the beginning to catch up with everyone else in “knowing you” thru this life you have shared. i, too, believe your new idea of sharing words is great. you astound me, yet, again.

thank you for the invitation<3

Lynda
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May all our words bring healing. I have never felt so thrilled to be a part of the blogosphere. Thank you for this wonderful idea. God bless you Dana!

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Jen
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Tried to put your graphic button on my blog a number of times this morning and it wouldn’t work. Its really nice by the way.

Brandi
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I love this. I look forward to seeing how God uses this spark. And thank you for reminding us of what we should already know as Christians…words do matter. Praying for you and yours.

Joede
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I think this is a wonderful idea!! I also wanted to tell you that I grieve your loss with you. There are days that I can’t stand the heartbreak you are experiencing and I have to grieve without checking your blog. I feel bad for that and I feel bad that you don’t have that option. I want to take away your pain, I want my grieving to lessen your grieving. I want all of your joyness and normalcy to be with you instantly. You have come into my heart in your time of saddness and my heart feels blessed… Read more »
Hope
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Dana this is a wonderful project…it will help you and others tremendously. I’d like to join as I am able. Haing lost a child myself..I clearly remember the day..the WORDS…the looks and my own thoughts. I now know what some WORDS that truly do mean a lot to you. NO words make you think people really don’t care of understand your need. Even with no loss…WORDS can do so much for people. I read your own words expressed here and am amazed at your ablitilty in your loss to share so much of your heart and life. It is good.… Read more »
nancy
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Words matter so much. I know that some people don’t know what to say, and are afraid they will start crying and make the grieving person start to cry, so they say nothing. That hurts the most. When my little grandson died, my mother-in-law said nothing. She didn’t send a card, she did nothing. That really hurt. Crying with a grieving person is okay. It shows you care. You write beautifully, from the heart. You are definitely touching other people’s hearts, mine included, and hopefully, you are beginning to heal your own heart. You and your family are in my… Read more »
Dana
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Nancy, that is so hard. When people just look at me uncomfortably, it stings. The thing is you aren’t going to “hurt” me. I already hurt.

Dana
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And thank you everyone! I’m looking forward to reading what everyone has to say!

Rose
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Dana,
Thank you for this, I needed this right now as I’m grieving over a dear friend who is dying and may even be gone by the time my post publishes itself tomorrow. It was a great way for my to say goodbye to him….

Oh yes, the code is not showing up correctly on my wordpress blog.