What is it about words that we find so beautiful?
Some people collect stamps or comic books. I collect words. When I’m reading I will stumble upon a sentence or a quote or an entire passage that resonates with my soul. I know they are special when I can’t keep reading because these words feel so delicious that I can’t concentrate on anything else until I’ve gone back to them and let them wash over me.
Then I have to gather up those words. I type or write them to really absorb them. Some I have saved in a special file. Many I have written carefully in a beautiful journal so that I can take them out and savor their beauty over and over again.
I recently looked through my journal and some of these quotes I gathered decades ago and they still resonate. They never lose their power.
I make sure that I record where I found these little gems that speak to me. I want to make sure that I credit the author who has given me these gifts. And I do believe they are gifts. In fact, some of them touch me so deeply that I feel they were written just for me.
Do you collect favorite words?