The assignment was to describe yourself, your life, where you come from, and/or who you are.
In only 6 words.
Here was mine.
At first, this didn't seem like it would be too hard... but as I sat there for a few minutes trying to think about what my six words would be, I realized how difficult it is to sum up who you are meaningfully using so few words. Several words came to mind, but I found it hard to come up with words that got across who I am that weren't just a list of hobbies or things I "like".
I thought of "enjoys baking, sewing, writing, drawing" and "family"... but it seemed like I was just throwing that together instead of having words that truly described me, my values, my heart, the things in the forefront of my life.
Sitting there, the thought also crossed my mind that when I presented my words to everyone in the room I really wanted them to illustrate meaning. I wanted the key parts of my heart to show, what my priorities are, what I'm passionate about, my love for the Lord.
And that was when I wrote a few words down that I felt captured that:
Family, Faith, Roots.
Then I filled in the blanks and changed "roots" to "Southern" because the two are one in the same for me, and because of my love for where I am from. Everyone else may not have thought about it, but putting that word seemed to evoke my love for magnolias trees and the feeling of sitting under a big Oak tree on a summer's day and having cookouts and all of that.
When I got up and wrote out my words and read them aloud, I felt good about it.
Before I sat back down, the teacher asked me if I have a "drawl" because I wrote Southern., which I thought was funny. I don't know if I do, but I say things like puh-tay-tuhs and fixin' to, haha.
I thought it was a really interesting- seemingly simple, but difficult- thing to do, and if you have never tried to write out your life and who you are in so few words, you should try it. It's neat to see what comes and what words you choose to get to the heart of who you are.
As one of the words I chose, Faith does play such an important part in my life, really THE most important part of my life that everything else falls back onto... and I was reminded of a little poem about faith that I heard in an old Disney film called "The Rescuers" that I have loved since I was a little girl. It's sweet and simple, but has lovely meaning and is a good reminder through life, to keep close to your heart.
Faith is a bluebird
You see from afar
It's for real and as sure
As the first evening star
You can't touch it
Or buy it or wrap it up tight
But it's there just the same
Making things turn out right
Does faith play an important part in your life?
What would your six words be?
Have a blessed weekend!