Writing Down Words of Kindness


[Public Domain Image. Image Description: Five, upright Scrabble tiles spell, ‘Words.’ The tiles are maroon, and the letters are white. Some other tiles are in the foreground and background.]

I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but I do choose rhythms I hope to practice.

It’s almost the last week of February, and as is typical well beyond the new year, some things come and go, and some things are practiced in flux. I have been doing one thing relatively consistently, however, and it’s a practice I’m going to recommend to you also.

I’ve started writing down kind words that people say to me.

I keep them in a folder. Sometimes, these are kind words from total strangers. Often, these are loving words or kind comments of affirmation from loved ones. And you know what? There are a lot of kind words out there in the world. Even when the news cycle is tough. Even when we bear personal stress. This practice has helped me see how abundant such words are. (Not that I doubted that, but it’s just even more obvious.)

And this has made me much more intentional about speaking kind, loving, affirming words to people. I know how good it feels to receive such words. I think I’m giving them in even more abundance — or at the very least, with more intention.

I recommend this. It’s a lovely thing.

Renee Roederer


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