Words Worth Keeping

Words Worth Keeping

Under my bed, there is a box which holds some of my most precious treasures… items from my childhood, handmade gifts from my daughters, awards, family antiques, photos… and a stack of letters from those who care about me. Though the letters and envelopes are old and worn, the words of love continue to encourage me today. When I am feeling down or frustrated or when I am dealing with a difficult circumstance, I pull out these letters and remember…

“I love you, Mommy!”

“You can do anything you set your mind to. I believe in you.”

“Thank you for being a light in my life.”

Words are powerful. As writers, we must take responsibility for each word we write or speak. We must remember that our words have the ability to heal or hurt, build or destroy, love or hate.

As my mother always said,

“Words are either life-giving or life-taking.”


Today, we are going to write “life-giving” words. Choose a person in your life that you care about. Perhaps it is a family member or a friend. Perhaps it is someone who has given so much of themselves to others, but receives little thanks in return.

Write a letter to that person. Thank them. Encourage them. Tell them about all the good you see. Do they inspire you? Let them know! Be choosy with your words. Write with care. Your words will encourage them for years to come.

In the comment section below, share your first name, age, state, and country. Tell us who you wrote to and why they are deserving of an encouraging letter. Do not share your letter. That is private.

headshot smallMichelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a teacher and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at www.michellelynnsenters.com.