It seems like the word “blessed” is thrown around very loosely these days. Not only are you “blessed” with a satisfying occupation or a beautiful family, but it seems like people tack that word on just about any situation that makes them feel good: “My souffle didn’t collapse, I’m blessed!” or “You’re so blessed with fantastic skin,” or very popular lately, “Have a blessed day!”

There’s usually a divine undertone, as in the idea that God is the one doing the “blessing” of said souffle, but what does the word “blessed” mean to you? How often do you invoke the notion of being blessed? Does the word hold any special connotations for you?

Write for 8 minutes about the word “blessed” and the ways you might (or might not) choose to use it. Go!

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