This year I had the honour and privilege of creating and writing the words for a commemorative plaque on an very special bench. The plaque on the bench was to be in remembrance of the life of my big sister.
The bench was going to be somewhere of great sentiment. A place to go to alone or not. A place to go and sit, take a picnic, have a cup of tea, just somewhere to contemplate, reflect and take time out.
As soon as it was decided we as a family were going to have this plaque installed on a bench in a beautiful local park, it took me no time at all to come up with some words. I somehow instinctively knew what message I wanted to convey, and what feeling I wanted the words to create. I recall having a really strong image of how it was going to be.
This was quite early on in the year when I had only just begun journaling and posted only a handful of blogs. But that intuitive response to creating the words for the plaque was instant. I didn’t have to consciously think too hard, it really just came to me.
I have always blogged trusting my instinct and my intuition. I write what feels real, and I write from the heart, and that was certainly true in this case.
Last week I took some time out in the sunshine to go and sit on our bench. It is a favourite place of mine to go to, to recharge, and get inspired. It must have worked, as later that same week I had a burning desire to write more of this poem, more of the words I had created for the plaque.
So with all the Sunday dishes around me at the kitchen table, I took out my trusty notebook after dinner and began writing, I couldn’t get the words down quick it enough. This was not planned or a conscious process, it was spontaneous, and here are the words I wrote;
A message from a beautiful soul………………………
Take a seat and be with me
I am here just not to see
Come rest your feet, and your mind
Enjoy the view and take some time
Share your thoughts and talk to me
I can help, just let me in
Feel my warmth, I’m all around you
I will follow and support you
To sit behind
Be at your shoulder
Just know I’m there
As you grow older
Forever young I will stay
Remember memories of yester day
Keep them safe and look back fondly
Go forth now, brave and boldly
Do not have fear
Do not have doubt
You have the strength
You’ll figure it out
Writing comes so naturally
But hidden deep from all to see
It’s time to flourish, set it free
It’s your time, to dream and be
I cannot call, mail or skype
Instead inspire your thoughts to write
Open your heart, open your mind
Believe in you, trust what feels right
Show your passion, be honest and true
The sky’s the limit, it’s there for you
Don’t put barriers in the way
Live, love, laugh and seize each day
Writing these words came as such a wonderful surprise, as it was so unexpected. That’s what I love about writing, sometimes it catches you out.
So here I am sharing with you what comes naturally to me, it is no longer hidden deep, but definitely for you all to see.
Writing fills my heart, and sharing and telling my story and the stories of those passionate about what they do is now my work.
If you would like help to share your story, feel free to get in touch.
See you soon.