Bouquets of Sharpened Pencils

28 Jan


This year for my birthday my friend Amy gave me two things:

1. The When Harry Met Sally screenplay (Nora!)
2. A bouquet of sharpened pencils (Nora times two!)

There are a few conclusions you could come to about this. Like perhaps that I’m obsessed with Nora Ephron (truth). Or that Amy is extremely thoughtful (truth times two). But the main conclusion from this is that I’m ridiculously sentimental. You see, the pencils came along with this instruction:

Any time this year you have a moment, a moment of happiness, a moment of writing, leave a pencil there to mark the moment.

There were some additional instructions and meaningful insights, but that’s the gist. I was given 18 pencils and the instruction to mark my happiest moments of my 25th year of life with them.

Amy thinks of these types of things and I only-too-happily fulfill them. I was MADE for these types of things. I WIN these types of things. I told her by the end of the year not only would I have given all the pencils out, I’d probably write a book about the emotional journey of the pencils.  I can see the bestseller now:

On Point: How One Girl Changed Her Life With Only The Help Of 18 Pencils

(I am now accepting any and all title suggestions…)

This week I had a pencil moment, pencil moment number six to be precise. It was unexpected as all my pencil moments have been so far.  I love that.  I love not knowing when my life is going to surprise me with 100% happiness.

It was just me and my camera and the Malibu Pier. It was blustery, I was wearing my “writing sweater” and the sky was perfect. I took a bajillion pictures and felt so unbelievably lucky to live where I do.

That’s the magic of the pencils. It makes me realize when I’m really, truly at peace. It helps me learn about myself and my priorities.  It reminds me how simple my happiness can be if I let it.

Bouquets of sharpened pencils for everyone!

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2 Responses to “Bouquets of Sharpened Pencils”

  1. Linnea Farnsworth February 1, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    How about:

    18 Pencils Rewrote My Story

    That’s a cool gift idea. I hope you have a few awesome journals to write in, as well. I have a few that are *too* good, you know? They are so pretty covered with gorgeous book cloth or handmade, and I can’t bring myself to write in them because I’ll ruin them with nonsensical garbage.

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