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Broken concrete — X marks the spot

There are cracks in the sidewalk in my neighborhood. Last week, a white X was sprayed on each crack.  Every crack will be repaired.

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X marks the spot.

My body is covered in white X marks.

Some of the X’s I sprayed myself, and some of the X’s were sprayed by other people.

Mistakes. Failure.

X marks the spot.

Put away the white spray can you have in your closet.

You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.
– Louise L. Hay

Stop spraying an X on your body.

Stop spraying an X on someone else.




“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
― Plato

May the words from your mouth be kind. 

Be kind to yourself.

Be kind to others.

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.”
― Henry James

Put away your spray can. 

Love yourself.

Love others.


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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.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • EmFairley

    This is precious. Thank you, Pamela!
    Em xoxox

    • Hi EmFairley,
      Hope you are well.

      • EmFairley

        Hi Pamela,
        Yes, I am, thank you. I hope you are too?
        Em xoxox

  • Hi Pamela- Great advice today. We carry these X’s on ourselves for too long! Time to put away the white spray can, indeed!

    • Hello John,
      Yes, it is time to get rid of the X’s. Time to be kind. May your day be filled with joy.