It’s Wednesday. That day in the middle of the week. “Over the hump” day. Halfway from one weekend to the next one.
For several years now, Wednesdays here in Mama’s Empty Nest have meant one thing. Wordless Wednesday. The day when I don’t share my thoughts, instead I reveal just a photograph sans words. Hence, Wordless Wednesday.
I started seriously blogging when I launched Mama’s Empty Nest in the summer of July 2010 and for a solid year, I blogged several times a week with words that just flowed onto my computer screen like a never-ending shower.
But something changed one year later. By the summer of 2011 – July to be exact – I began utilizing Wordless Wednesday in my blog posts. It wasn’t my original idea; I had seen other bloggers do the same, so yes, I was a copycat.
Something had changed. I remember going through a dry spell when the shower of words became more like a sprinkle. In conjunction with that, taking photographs with my small point and shoot digital camera became a fun hobby.
And so, because of a lack of words, Wordless Wednesday became a reality. I posted one of my photos just about every Wednesday from then on – seven years’ worth of pictures.
A couple of years later, I was gifted with my DSLR camera and Wordless Wednesday became more of a joy than a necessity because my photos were so much clearer, better, and more expressive.
But you know what Elton John once sang? “Change is gonna do me good.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about change this week. In yesterday’s post, I wrote about a change of attitude that we Americans need to take with our words.
“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” ― Libba Bray
Changes will be felt here in Mama’s Empty Nest.
As I sit here at my desktop computer in our home office, I glance out the window and see a definite change of seasons before me. Summer flowers have faded and died and we removed their porch box homes. Little dots of fall color catch my eye here and there among the still green leaves on our trees.
Change. It’s coming. It’s inevitable. And often very necessary.
So no doubt, it’s past time for a little change on my blog. I still want to showcase some of my photographs and probably will continue with Wordless Wednesdays on occasion when the words get jammed up and don’t flow easily.
But I want to try something different.
This new direction is entitled WordFULL Wednesdays – again, not my own creation, just with my own spin to it. I imagine those posts won’t be long, but perhaps just short snippets that complement one of my photos, possibly just a quote.
Those who have read my writing for long will know that I am a quote lover (that old quote notebook that I keep writing in is getting thicker and thicker). So sometimes I may just include someone else’s words in an appropriate quote along with my picture.
So here is today’s WordFULL Wednesday.
While on vacation in New England this past summer, I noticed this sign posted outside of a religious organization. It spoke to me and I made Papa stop the car so I could take this picture.
Those words on that sign are exactly what I needed to see. To read. To hear. And maybe you need them as well.
Go slow. What’s your rush?
Savor the day. It’s the only today we have, find something to enjoy about it.
Maybe a bit of enjoyment will come from my WordFULL Wednesdays. I hope so. I know it will for me.
“Forget yesterday—it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow—you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift—today.” ~ Steve Maraboli