I actually write thoughts on my studio ceiling. It isn’t easy. My neck doesn’t bend in that position well. But I love nice words. I want to surround myself with nice words. Words put together in sentences that lift my soul, that make me smile or deeply laugh. I love words that make me think, make me empowered, make me look closely. I love thoughts that make me want to share them with those I care about. Thoughts that remind me of someone or moments in particular, thoughts that bring me towards God.
Gathering words has turned into a very special experience for me. I gather them from books. I gather them from any place I can find them. One occasion a present of words began when a dear friend gave me a teeny tiny wooden treasure chest full of daily thoughts to help me through chemo therapy. One a day, like a fortune cookie. I began to send that idea to others, too. It blossomed.
Now while in a program at Columbia, emphasizing spiritual practices in a non-judgmental way, thoughts once again have surfaced to connect people to one another. My most recent sweet encounter was taking a thought from an envelope and then turning to my friend next to me and saying her/his name, then reading the quote directly to them as if the very words were written only for that one person. We paused, shared a sweet glance and a smile, and the thought was given as a gift to keep. She/He then turned and told a different thought to another person in the same fashion. We went around a big circle, all listening, all holding the power of the messages in our hearts.
It was tender. It was powerful. It was simple.
Today I declare it to be Nice Thought Thursday. If you were next to me I would say your name and share a nice thought with you. The most difficult part is to decide which one. So I will randomly pick from an envelope and hope it warms your heart today.