Something Sweet Is Happening

Something sweet is happening.

You’re writing me texts and emails saying the dearest things about 100 WORDS: SMALL SERVINGS OF WHIMSY AND WISDOM TO CALM THE MIND AND NOURISH THE HEART.

What I love about what you’re saying is that the words move you in some way — they speak to you, they matter. Because you took to heart the message from “As Above, So Below” you’re now “spilling shakers of light over stray concerns of the day.”

You mention how the little black sandals on page seventeen make you smile and give you hope for getting through a monumental change. Or that you appreciate the conciseness and brevity of each piece, or how a photograph took you by the hand into a poem.

One person said the last two lines of “On Love” became her mantra one day when she needed it most. “Love breathes you, moves you. It’s what built your heart.”

One person let me know she kept 100 WORDS on her nightstand to read a small sampling each night because, as she put it, “These are poems to be savored.” She appreciated the small bites.

One of my editor’s favorite poems is “How To Realize Your Beauty.” She tucked 100 WORDS into her traveling bag and read it aloud to a couple of groups she belongs to, and the sharing was well-received. The poem even prompted a discussion with her son. My daughter especially loved “Pearls in the Morning,” a poem about creativity.

My mother (who is 92) called me shortly after receiving her copy. She was smiling over the phone and said with a lilt in her voice, “I read your book last night. I noticed there’s a mention of a 92-year-old.”

I said, “Yes, Mom, I wanted to let you know I’m always thinking of you.”

What a sweet moment with my mother!

This week, a woman sent a text from the waiting room of her doctor’s office. She was reading (and crying about) “No Longer Here,” one hundred words about golf and love. The poem reminded her of her father, who passed years ago. He was a golfer, too, and she was missing the aspects of their relationship she loved most.

Another reader sent an evening email and I happened to see it as I was pulling back the heavenly comforter on my (heavenly) bed. She wrote, “I got my books. Read three pages. Found myself breathless. Just sitting here feeling thankful for the gift of you. And my books.”

I doubt if there’s anything more wonderful for a writer to hear than “your writing left me breathless.”

From your responses it appears that the words are swimming into the warmth of your hearts and resting there. I love that. I’m so thankful for that.

Thank you for your ongoing feedback. Thank you for reaching out to tell me what 100 WORDS means to you.

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Terri Crosby

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    Joyce

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    Terri, you deserve every accolade coming your way… As a former teacher of English and avid reader of contemporary fiction ( especially by authors whose narratives are poetic), I appreciate your insights and the dedication required to choose exactly the 100 words required to engage a reader and serve food for thought. With 100 WORDS, you have provided a banquet!

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      Terri Crosby

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      See what I mean? Such a sweet thing happening! Thank you for your high fives, I appreciate it!

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    Teria Atwood-Smith

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    Terri,

    I am So happy for you……. !!!

    As you’ve heard me say before……your words so often are ‘luminous’……….they shine the Light of “Re-Membering” who and what we all really are……. out into a world desperately in need of just such a Light.

    And to have the Light shine back at us……..such a gift too……..Yes……… ?

    Thank you dear one……thank you……. !

    Ever and all-ways……….so gratefully yours 🙂

    Teria

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      Terri Crosby

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      Teria, thank you so much. You know, I wrote to my contact at gratefulness.org and they have requested a full copy of the book, and then we’ll talk! I so appreciate you introducing me to them.

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    Holly

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    Your words are evocative and they float straight into the heart. I couldn’t be happier for you! What a special gift you have and thank you for sharing it.

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