An Invitation To Write

I’ve become a collector of little moments: small sparks of brightness, wishful wants, and the ordinary. They help me process information and to cherish impressions. Consequently, I am a recovering stutter of words and brain farts, those moments when I grasp for words, maybe even visualize it, but cannot spit it out. It’s beyond being “on the tip of my tongue;” it’s embarrassing.  Fortunately, I found an app that helps with that – the memories that is, not the awkward pausing. The HighNotes App provides a platform for me to collect these nuggets of marvels.

Notebooks are great too, but I can’t upload a picture quickly onto it. Closeup nature stills are art to me. Capturing a replied text or a comment on Twitter are emotional art to me. I screenshot these and tuck them away on my digital notebook. Contemplating the importance of this app, I listed some reasons (because a list is a collection too.)

  1. Visualize: The picture helps capture fleeting moments and feelings.
  2. Beauty: Endorphins are released. I reread, smile and saturate myself.
  3. Joy: Surrounding myself with goodness because I fight the negative in the world and the lie monster in my head that says I’m not enough.
  4. Blessings: God has blessed me in so many ways. I want my hope to stay fresh and cling to His faithfulness. This focus defeats the anxiety that cleverly creeps in.
  5. Laughter: It feels good to remember. It’s even better when shared.
  6. Memory Igniter: Writing helps my mind process quicker. Thus, I have fewer brain farts.
  7. Reflection: I remember I am capable, I have skills, I can tackle the next task. Constantly learning.
  8. Lab: I try out words, rearrange and change. It’s a notebook of my private thoughts until I’m ready to share.
  9. Organize: Relief. I have a place to collect my nuggets of noticings besides my photos, decluttering and making quick access.
  10. Collection: Just because.

Some sampling entries:

14 Responses to Nuggets

  1. Ruth Ayres says:

    Oh Mary Helen, this is charming to read. I love your first sentence — “I’ve become a collector of little moments: small sparks of brightness, wishful wants, and the ordinary.”

    I also love the way you labeled your list. What fun you are having with words…what fun it is to read!

    I’m so glad you are writing and sharing!

  2. 3, 4, 5… 7, 8, 9… most of all, 10!

  3. I love your approach to the little things. I’m borrowing… I love the prompt and how you took it to your life… So good to be traveling through this isolation with you Mary Helen

  4. mrsday75 says:

    I love your collection of small things. “Small sparks of brightness”. I do this too with Pinterest boards. Little things that bring me joy. I bought a Sproket this winter–it’s a small printer that prints 2×3 pictures from my phone and now I can add pictures to my notebook of things that spark joy!

  5. elsie says:

    I will have to check out that app, sounds like something I need as my photos for noticings become entangled in other photos. I love that first sentence too.

  6. “…nuggets of marvels.” Those do need to be collected. I think I will remember but all too often forget. Your list reminds me, too of things that are worth noticing.

  7. Terje says:

    Ten reasons to keep collecting memories with the app – powerful. Each one of them alone is already good. Just because – is my favourite.

  8. lindabaie says:

    I am loving every bit you share on Instagram, Mary Helen, those little marvels to notice. We are lucky that many are posting them!

  9. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    I love the words you chose to organize your list: blessings, joy, memory igniter, and a collection of just because. Now I need to check out that app.

  10. Michelle @litlearningzone says:

    I’m checking out that app … as you have thoroughly convinced with your beautifully collected list! I have been taking more pictures lately capturing small moments and nuggets of inspiration! Thank you for your words today! Every bit of new inspiration!

  11. mandyrobek says:

    I enjoyed learning about the app you are using in such an interesting way and the positive reasons why this helps and how it helps you. It’s nice to meet you here today.

  12. cathylaker says:

    Love the idea of a digital notebook.

  13. anne says:

    MaryHelen, This sentence: Capturing a replied text or a comment on Twitter are emotional art to me. Emotional art. I love it! So good to see you here, and to read your words. Your positivity always inspires me!

  14. crushlevine says:

    Your app collections showcase the art of a caption. I was recently talking to a friend about what a gift it is when people caption their photos on social media so we get a little window into their hearts and minds. Thanks for the gift of your words!

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