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When all your words are stuck in your throat- do this

When all your words are stuck in your throat and you can’t think of what to write, open your mouth and think of ten words that bring you joy.
You don’t have to write a full sentence, just ten words.


  1. cat
  2. nap
  3. bathtub
  4. pencil
  5. converse
  6. popcorn
  7. dog
  8. paper
  9. rain
  10. mud

I only have ten words today. No complete thoughts. And then I remember these three words – new every morning. 

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23

Tomorrow is another day. And tomorrow brings hope.


What are your ten words? Or maybe you only have five words, or just one. Click here to comment. HERE

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Susan W A

    I enjoy reading others’ joys. Here are some of mine:

    1. my son
    2. my husband
    3. friends
    4. learning
    5. exercising
    6. cheesecake (and coffee with cream after a special meal)
    7. fresh sheets with lavender spray
    8. a pen that glides across the page
    9. re-reading a subtly exhilarating phrase that I’ve created or a word choice which exudes my intent, and feeling that flutter of pride
    10. hope
    11. birds, which represent my sister’s spirit, and butterflies, which represent my mother’s spirit
    sorry, Dad, … yours is in there, too. : )
    12. the knowledge that I get to add to this list of JOY at any given moment

    When my sister was terminally ill with cancer and was on a remarkable two-year journey through it with her husband, one of the things she did to keep her astoundingly positive attitude was to make a list of things that made her happy. Among others on that list were: phoebes (a lovely little bird); the laughter of babies; how her husband made her laugh … every day.

    Thanks for asking, Pamela. BTW, your approach to writing and sharing brings me joy as well.

    • Hello Susan,
      I am so sorry your sister died. Today when the birds came to my bird feeder I thought of your sister.
      Your list brought me joy just reading it. 🙂
      I hope today was a happy day with your family and pens. May your pen always glide across the page.

      • Susan W A

        LOVELY … thank you, Pamela.

    • EmFairley

      I’m so sorry for your loss, Susan. I love all yours too, except the cream in your coffee and lavender.


      • Susan W A

        Thank you!

  • EmFairley

    In no particular order, here’s mine…
    Scenery ~ Love ~ Sun ~ Ocean ~ Family ~ Cheesecake ~ Snuggles ~ Chocolate ~ Travel ~ Photography


    • Susan W A

      photography, snuggles, travel, ocean … (I’ll take the others, as well) … yup!
      I used to have a very good camera with a great zoom lens. Then I ended up with a point and shoot, and right now, all I have is my phone. Nevertheless, what a joy to have a camera with me wherever I go! We were at a nursery this morning where I always capture the colors and textures of the flowers and plants. What do you like to photograph?

      • EmFairley

        Hi Susan, thank you! My main camera is a compact system, which is the type in between a point and shoot and a DSLR. Many of my images are scenic, hence why that’s on the list, but I also enjoy macro too. I also use the camera on my phone a lot and yep, it’s great to have it with you constantly.

    • Oh, I want another list. Your list sounds so fun. What do you like to photograph?

      • EmFairley

        Thanks Pamela! I’ve just answered your question in reply to Susan. As you know, I’m travelling soon. I’ll be staying in a small village that’s only about 30 minutes from the ocean, so I’m looking forward to taking a LOT of shots during that week. I’ve been known to take almost 300 in a day before now 🙂


  • Thank you ; great idea. I feel better now.

  • Sun – sea – Oliver tree – Lavander – Light – Warmth – Friends – Pillow – Salade niçoise – Rest

    • Hi Annie Eve,
      Your list helped me feel better too. You have the five senses all covered. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Susan W A

      lavender, warmth, pillow, rest …. aahhhhhh … could be a list for relaxation … what joy.

  • GirlGriot

    This post grounded me. I know that listing things that make my happy makes me feel better and less frazzled … but I almost always forget to do it. Here’s my list for this morning:
    1. Tess (my niece)
    2. Caleb (my nephew)
    3. writing
    4. Sister Fran
    5. friendships
    6. knitting
    7. travel
    8. fountain pens
    9. notebooks
    10. learning

    • Hi GirlGriot,
      A list full of family, friends and joyful things. I hope your list took away some of the frazzle and brought back the GirlGriot dazzle.
      I had mud on my list. Maybe I need more people in my life and fewer cats.

    • Susan W A

      … your niece and nephew bring you joy — lucky them! travel … to where? The joy of memories of other places. Fountain pens and notebooks — magical. Knitting — what do you like to knit? When do you knit? what type of yarn do you use? I learned to knit from my mother when I was young. In my life I think I’ve knit one sweater, and a scarf and hat for my good friend who was going to study in Sweden for a year in college while I was studying in Spain. Those items brought me joy, as does the thought of my mother’s effortless and fruitful knitting (she used to knit clothes for my sister’s and my Barbies (!) and baby blankets for pretty much any pregnant woman she encountered in life. : )

  • Writing ten words that bring you joy can lead to lots of happy thoughts that may even lead to sentences! Maybe tomorrow’s new day will bring more thought, but for now scripture and a list make for a perfect slice!

    • Hello Donna,
      I hope up feeling joyful. I hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Susan W A

      the joy of knowing what you need right now and knowing it’s okay to follow your own process.