go – verb \ˈgō\

:  to move on a course
:  to move out of or away from a place expressed or implied
:  to take a certain course or follow a certain procedure


I had plans yesterday, important plans for how I would spend my day working. I had a list and an agenda and a timeline. But then, I realized I was needed somewhere else, that my presence mattered, even if someone else could have gone instead. My mom needed me.

So I went.

Living a life of words is important to me. I don’t believe that only sticks and stones hurt people. Words do, too. So I try to speak and write words that heal and hope rather than tear down and destroy. I think writing letters to people and leaving encouraging notes and expressing love in words is real work. Words bring life. I’ve built my own life around that truth.

But sometimes, the words aren’t enough. Sometimes, instead of words, I need to send money or take a meal or offer a ride. Sometimes, instead of words I need to go and be there. Yesterday was one of those times.




Photo above by Jesslee Cuizon, via Flickr, used with permission under the Creative Commons License. Definitions of my word of the week are from Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online.