My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Day 19: The Iceberg

Sometimes it’s not the words that matter. “Finding the meaning hidden beneath the words – not between, but beneath,” now that is what matters. (ernestenvy.com)

photo credit: Ralph A. Clevenger/CORBIS

photo credit: Ralph A. Clevenger/CORBIS

Her house is so beautiful, and it’s always clean.

(My house is so pitiful. And the mess. Ugh.)

She has the best body.

     (My body is worthless.)

Her hair always looks amazing.

  (My hair never looks right.)

She is fantastic.

     (I am plain.)

How many times do my words carry more meaning than their sound or thought or font? Every time I envy someone else, the layer beneath that speaks volumes right into my soul.

How is that complimenting someone has become a backhanded jab at my own expense? Who am I kidding? There’s a difference between a compliment and a comparison. I’m not sure how to separate the two most times.

What if I changed the layer beneath the surface? What if I took away the backhand and instead created something beautiful? Maybe if the layer beneath the words became beautiful it would permeate in both directions, to the surface and the soul.

Maybe then I could breathe.

Her house is so beautiful, and it’s always clean.

     (My house is a blessing and it is filled with love.)

She has the best body.

(My body is a masterpiece.)

Her hair always looks amazing.

     (My hair frames my face perfectly.)

She is fantastic.

     (I am too.)

And exhale.

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