You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but more than anything else, you will need people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things. — Jamie Tworkowski
I’ve been working on this idea for a while, and I’m excited to finally see it come to fruition. A few months ago I read Jamie Tworkowski’s book entitled If You Feel Too Much. It was a beautiful, honest book and I was so struck by what an important blessing people are. I’m sure I’m not telling you anything new when I say life is hard– we face all sorts of storms, whether it’s sickness, disappointment, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, loss, or pain. After almost 30 years of living, I’m finally starting to grasp just how much we need each other. I love how Jamie pens the idea, “You will need people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.” Not only do we need to look for friends to reach out to when we’re hurting, but we need to reach out to our hurting friends.
After I read this book, I got a text from a friend requesting I send her a word describing a hope I had for the coming year. As I thought through my dreams and prayers for the coming year, I was struck by how powerful words can be– a sequence of letters has the power to culminate into a big, powerful prayer: healing, joy, courage, hope. The intersection of these ideas, community and words, alongside with my desire to use my letter stamp set, culminated into this concept of crafting necklaces that incorporate a word I want to pray and hope for in the life of a friend.
One of my favorite people has been blogging through her year of adventure and expectation, as she is steadily taking steps towards her dream. She inspires me so much, and when I read she was going through a discouraging season, I decided she would be my first necklace recipient. As she plows through this time, I’ve been praying she would have hope for what’s ahead, and know that the Author of Life has a beautiful story in store for her. As part of her dream involves Central America, I decided to stamp “esperanza,” the Spanish word for “hope.”
I’m always excited to mail jewelry I’ve made, but this trip to the post office held even more joy– hoping that this beautiful necklace would encourage my friend, and help her to look towards the future with confident expectation…
So how about you? Is there anyone in your life who is going through a hard time and in need of prayers or encouragement? Be that reminder, that “living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.”
P.S. In case you find yourself wanting to send a stamped word necklace to a friend, I’m in the process of setting up space in my Etsy shop to customize and order a necklace like this one. I’ll let you know when it’s up and running!
Have a beautiful day! xo