I am a freelance writer and an avid reader.
Those of you who aren’t in love with words like me may find what I am about to say very weird. When I read a book, I highlight all the phrases, sentences and paragraphs that give me pause or that say something I’ve heard a million times, but say it in such a way that I am struck by how a very old thought feels new. (Okay, so that’s not really out of the ordinary, but you might find me weird are after reading the next sentence.)
When I’m done with the book, I type up all those things and save them in my writing resources folder. Then I go back and read them over and over and over, trying to learn from them how to write phrases, sentences and paragraphs that will make an old idea feel new to someone else.
What does this have to do with 500 Dresses? Nothing really. Except that the above quote from The Secret Life of Bees got me thinking about how I make choices and how often I don’t choose what matters.
Giving to others matters. Doing what is best for someone else instead of myself matters. I know that through this whole crazy dress thing, God has given mom and me many opportunities to choose what matters, and I hope it is providing others opportunities to choose what matters as well.