Everything Word Waver
This post contains all video related to the Word Waver silk line.  The products include: Character Crew, Possible & Impossible, Encourage & Discourage, Put Ups & Put Downs, Good Habit Silks (Originally called Fruit of the Spirit), and Recycling Silks.

Good Habits Silks – MC Opening
We originally marketed these silks as Fruit of the Spirit silks.  However, many customers avoided them simply because of the relation to Christianity.  I have renamed them because words like Love, Peace, & Joy should have meaning beyond that of religion.

Word Wavers Character Crew Demo

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Recycling Silks Demo

Good Habits Silks – Sew Sow So What

Impossible Silks Demo

Recycling Silks Explanation
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Using Word Wavers with Utility Props
This video is a part of the RRR Package.
We noticed when uploading this video that we missed an edit right in the middle.  No, I didn’t say something I regret, however, it’s interesting that no one pointed out my mistake.  Should I assume that means no one watches my explanation videos?

Fruit of Fruits

It’s Possible
Presentation from Truths and Treasures DVD

Wet & Dry Silks with Bucket Presentation
The Wet & Dry silks have been retired from our line. However, the ideas expressed here my inspire you in a different way. You might use blue and white silks to represent wet and dry. The sponge dye tube is also a very unique idea for a dye tube. It might inspire you as well. The DIY instructions for the dye tube come from the Duh PDF book.

Wet & Dry Silks Sponge Dye Tube

Wet & Dry Silks Palmo Ball Explanation

Get Ready, there is a lot of content on these pages
We offer a variety of word waver silks and these instructions contain information about all that have been created at this time.  As you read through the ideas, you will discover even more creative ways to wave your words.
Barry Mitchell

Contains information on:
Silk Gimmicks
Character Crew Silks
Recycling Silks
A Little Kindness

Word Wavers Character Crew
Dye Tubes
Silks from Newspaper
Switch Can/Dove Pan
Switch for Jesus Silk
$100 Bill Silks
WOW Silk
Treasure Map Silk
Bag to Flag
Eye Silk
A String of Character
Flannel Board
Magnetic Dry Erase Board
Magic Picture Frame
Routine Runners
Big Book of Secrets
Secrets of Success and Happiness
Simple Definitions for the Character Crew
Definitions often used in school systems
Character Resources on the Web
Principles of Character from GoodCharacter.com
Quotes About Character
A Little Kindness
Recycling Silks
It’s Possible
It’s Possible Ideas from Duane Laflin
Combination Routine for Possible, Encourage, and Put Up Silks
Put Ups/Put Downs
Barry’s 5th Grade Sunday School Story
Special Thanks

Word Waver Wunners, Widgets, Wootines, and Weesources
(Runners, Gimmicks, Routines, and Resources)
Runners are starter ideas that may inspire you to create a routine or script.  They are ideas you can run with.

Magic Gimmick Suggestions (Widgets)
Roll Out Production
Here’s a magical production method for of one of the word wavers.  Fold the silk in half from top to bottom so the strip is about one and one-half inches wide.  From the lavender end, roll the silk around a pencil.  Slide the silk roll off the pencil, and secure the roll with a large paper clip.  The paper clip allows the silk to remain in the rolled position and yet remains easy to grab and slide out when ready to produce.  For production, just grip the red end between your thumb and palm.  When the roll of the silk is released, it will roll out in a flourish.  Since the red end is in your right hand (assuming you are right handed), it is easy to grab the other end with your left hand, and reveal the word ready to read.

King Size Vernet Thumb Tip
A king size Vernet will hold a single word waver.

Palmo Ball
Two or three word wavers may be changed through a palmo ball.  Load the RESPONSIBLE silk and the RESPECT silk inside a palmo ball.  Hold the word CARING.  Push CARING into the palmo, and remove RESPONSIBLE.  Push RESPONSIBLE in, and remove RESPECT.  Palmo will have CARING and RESPONSIBLE silks inside at the conclusion.

“When we are caring of others, we are doing something we should do.  Doing what we should do, and what we are supposed to do, is magical.  It’s also called responsibility.  When we are responsible with our actions others begin to give us more and more respect.”

Hank Ball
Five word wavers will fit comfortably inside a hank ball.  It is possible to get all six inside, but it’s a tight fit.  Using another silk as a cover, the words may be produced one at a time.

“Today we’ll see some magic.  (Produce silks as words are spoken.) The magic of RESPECT, the power of being TRUSTWORTHY, the beauty of CARING, the benefits of CITIZENSHIP, the choice to be RESPONSIBLE, and the nature of FAIRNESS.”

Dye Tubes
A dye tube is another popular gimmick that may be used with the word wavers.  However, in most cases, a palmo ball is a better option.

Silks from Newspaper
The “Silks from Newspaper” effect is a method to produce silks from an ungimmicked sheet of newspaper.  The gimmick is a metal tube with a clip to hold between your fingers and hide against the back of your hand.  Although this gimmick does work with word wavers, the gimmick itself is somewhat difficult to handle.

Switch Can/Dove Pan
A switch can is a can-shaped prop that works similar to a dove pan.  The bottom may be shown empty.  A slightly larger can-shaped cover is placed over the bottom can, loading a hidden chamber to compress silks and make a switch.  This prop offers a great method to switch several word wavers for one larger production silk.

Switch for Jesus Silk
“Children, can you name someone who lived such a good example that he showed all these character traits?  That’s the person I was thinking of too.” (Switch word wavers for large Jesus silk.)

$100 Bill Silks
A small $100 bill silk may be used with a word waver.  For example switch the word TRUSTWORTHY for the $100 Bill silk saying, “Some people put all their trust in one thing, their money.”  Or switch the bill silk for TRUSTWORTHY asking, “Where do you put your trust?”

Great Ideas for Other Barry Mitchell Product Silks made by Wonder Imagery

WOW Silk
This is a beautiful 36-inch wide silk with the word “WOW.”  The “O” is the same eyeball graphic used in our hand eye trick.

“Do you know what happens when your parents, your teachers, and everyone around you sees your good character?  They say, ‘Wow!’”  (Switch word wavers for Wow silk.)

Treasure Map Silk
This 36-inch silk looks like a cartoon treasure map with the big red “X” marking the spot of hidden treasure.

“Some people think that riches and treasure are found by treating others unfairly and being dishonest.  They think it’s okay to be mean to people instead of caring for others.  They do the things that they want to do for themselves, instead of thinking of others and being responsible and trustworthy.  Some people even think the laws of our land don’t apply to them.  But the truth is that true treasures are found after we learn good habits of character.” (Switch word wavers for treasure map silk.)

Bag to Flag
This is a beautiful satin bag to flag made by Wonder Imagery.  It is truly the best bag to flag made in the world.  Place the word wavers inside the bag gimmick and change everything into a giant American flag.

“We talked about some great character habits and actions today.  One more that’s really important is CITIZENSHIP.  Citizenship means to follow the rules of our land and be honest.  But there’s much more to it than that.  A good citizen takes part in making our land a better place.  We do that by living all the other character habits.  All these habits allow us to be proud citizens and proud Americans.”  (Change word wavers into flag.)

Eye Silk
The Eye silk from our Hand and Eye trick makes a perfect silk to use with a hank ball and remove word wavers.

“I want to show you something invisible.  It can’t be seen with the naked eye.  I have a naked eye right here.  But when we see it used through our actions, it can be seen.” (Produce word wavers.)

Another idea is to place the eye silk inside a small can.  Call it the “eye can/I can.”

“This is my ‘I Can.’ I keep it as a reminder to always keep trying.  Inside is an eye.  (Remove eye silk.)  It really is an eye can.  My actions show my character.  If you watch my actions and keep an eye on me, you’ll see that I can be responsible.”  (Produce “responsible” silk from thumb tip and eye silk.)

A String of Character
If you are certain you would like to produce the word wavers in the same order each time, they might be sewn to a ribbon and produced in a long string to display across the stage.

Flannel Board
A board covered with flannel cloth may be used to display word wavers as they are produced.  It is not recommended to use Velcro dots unless you are certain the word wavers will always be used in the same way.  The dots are almost impossible to remove without damaging the silks.

Magnetic Dry Erase Board
There are boards available that serve the purpose of dry erase and are also magnetic.  This may be another great way to display the word waver silks as they are produced.  Magnets will prevent using the Velcro dots and the dry erase board might have other uses in your show.

Magic Picture Frame
The routine presentation below uses a picture frame for the first production of a word waver.  Any empty frame may be used.  We created a simple frame made from four magic wands.  It makes the idea of a magic frame just a touch more magical.

Routine Runners
Uses Rollout Production, Palmo Ball, and Picture Frame
Preset: Load palmo ball with RESPONSIBLE first and then RESPECT on top.  Position ball in table so you know that the word RESPONSIBLE will be the first to switch for the word CARING.

Roll up the word CARING and hold it in your right hand.  Have an empty picture frame (without glass) in your hands.

Presentation: I have a magical picture frame. (Show frame with no glass or picture.  If using a wand frame, say, “It’s magical because it’s made from magic wands.”)  It’s also magical because I can see something invisible.  It’s your character.  Not your silly character. (Make a silly face through the frame.)  Not your goofy character. (Make a goofy face through the frame.)  Not your evil, mean, or nasty character. (Make appropriate faces.)  I can see your true character.

Character is something you can’t see until you see it.  Duh! (Show Duh face.)  I’ll give you an example.  You see a new “first grade” student in the hallway that seems to be lost.  They look worried and don’t know what to do.  You go up to them and ask if you can help them find their way.  Or you find a teacher to help them.  You have made your character appear from thin air.  It can be seen when we see it.  Duh!

You made the character of CARING appear. (Push hand through frame and allow silk to roll down as a magical appearance.  Place frame aside and grab palmo ball giving care to make sure the word RESPONSIBLE will be the first switch.)  When we show care and helpfulness for others, we are doing something we all are supposed to do. (Push CARING into palmo ball and switch for RESPONSIBLE.)  And doing what we are supposed to do is the character action of being RESPONSIBLE. (Pull RESPONSIBLE out of palmo ball and display.)

When we are responsible with our actions, others begin to notice.  (Begin pushing RESPONSIBLE into palmo ball.)  Just like I said before, character is something you see when you see it.  Duh!  Our character of being responsible helps others to give us more and more RESPECT.  (Pull RESPECT out of palmo ball and display.)  Those are just some of the important words we’ll be discussing today.

Special Thanks to Mike Fisher for his idea of seeing character.  His entire routine idea can be found in pdf form in a file on the DVD.  Simply place the DVD in your computer and open the disk instead of allowing it to automatically play.  The extra file will be there with these instructions in pdf form as well.

Another Routine Idea & Gimmick

Big Book of Secrets
This is a unique idea for the production of an 18-inch silk to be used as a cover to produce word wavers from a hank ball.  The pages of a small journal are hollowed out carefully with a razor knife.  The silk is folded to fit inside the hollow space.  An elastic band is wrapped around the book to hold it shut.  Some small journals are made with a leather cover and a built-in elastic band.  The book is opened allowing the silk to spring up.  The silk is removed with the left hand as the book is placed aside with the right hand.  This move is used to pick up the hank ball in the right hand and prepare to produce the word wavers from the silk.

Secrets of Success and Happiness
I hear people talking about secrets of success and happiness all the time.  I was wondering why they are secrets.  Why don’t people want to share with others how to be happy and successful?  So I decided to search for the secrets, and then expose them all to you.  Of course every good search begins at the library and there I found everything I needed to know.

This is the big book of secrets.  (Show book.)  It looks like a very small book of secrets, but it contains something magical inside.  (Open book and folded silk will spring up.)  This cloth is where we find the secrets of success and happiness.  (Grasp cloth with left hand and place book aside with right hand.  Retrieve and palm hank ball filled with word wavers.)  To use the magic cloth, all I need to do is ask a question.  My question is, “Tell me how I can become a better person who is successful and happy? (Load hank ball in silk and begin to remove word wavers.)

I see something.  It’s a word, the word RESPECT.  How can respect be a secret?  Everyone knows that respect means to treat others the way I want to be treated.  I don’t see how that can make me happy.  Does anyone have any ideas to help me understand?  (This opens up a great teaching opportunity to discuss briefly with children.)

Let’s see if there’s another secret inside.  RESPONSIBILITY.  That means to do what we are supposed to do. . .

It should be obvious how this method allows as many words as desired to be discussed.

Simple Definitions for the Character Crew
Respect – to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Citizenship – to follow the rules and be honest.
Responsibility – to do what we are supposed to do.
Fairness – treating one another equally.
Trustworthy – acting properly with others and keeping our promises.
Caring – showing kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Definitions often used in school systems
Showing high regard for authority, other people, self, and country. Understanding that all people have value.

Being law abiding and involved in service to school, community, and country.

Being accountable in word and deed. Having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability, and commitment.

Practicing justice, equity, and equality. Cooperating with one another equally. Recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual within our diverse society.

Being honest, telling the truth, admitting wrongdoing and acting with integrity.

Showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness, compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit.

A thought from Barry
It’s no wonder schools need to hire performers to come in and help teach character; these definitions are way too long!

Character Resources on the Web


This is one of the best resources because it has a list of many other great websites.

Principles of Character from GoodCharacter.com

Your character is defined by what you do, not what you say or believe.

Every choice you make helps define the kind of person you are choosing to be.

Good character requires doing the right thing, even when it is costly or risky.

You don’t have to take the worst behavior of others as a standard for yourself.  You can choose to be better than that.

What you do matters, and one person can make a big difference.

The payoff for having good character is that it makes you a better person and it makes the world a better place.

Quotes About Character

Barry’s Personal Favorite:
“Character is what you are in the dark.”

Character Quotes from American Presidents
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”
George Washington

“The qualities of a great man are “vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character.”
Dwight Eisenhower

“Character is the only secure foundation of the state.”
Calvin Coolidge

“The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character.”
Lyndon Johnson

“If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.”
Woodrow Wilson

“Americanism is a question of principle, of purpose, of idealism, of character. It is not a matter of birthplace or creed or line of descent.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“Character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.”
Abraham Lincoln

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jelly beans.”
Ronald Reagan

Other great quotes:
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

“When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.”
Japanese Proverb

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Character is that which can do without success.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist.  They are wrong; it is character.”
Albert Einstein

“If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.”
Paul Newman

“Character is that which reveals moral purpose, exposing the class of things a man chooses and avoids.”

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
Thomas Paine

“Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.”
Thomas Carlyle

“Character is simply habit long continued.”

“One can acquire everything in solitude except character.”
Henri Stendahl

A simple search on the internet will find many more.

Recycling Silks
A Steve Wronker Idea
Since we’re talking so much about R’s, let me show you in a simple and magical way to explain what they mean.

When we say we’re going to reduce, that means we want to look for ways to reduce the amount of garbage we create.  The average American creates a little over 4 pounds of garbage per day.  I know that sounds like a lot, but that’s an average American.  Imagine how much you’re creating if you’re above average.

Seriously, to reduce means to make better choices to use less energy and create less trash.  (Show small silk)  Look, it got smaller.

When we say Reuse, we mean to look for ways to find new uses for something old.  As a child, my grandmother would take scraps of cloth and sew them together into a quilt.  She was finding a way for the cloth scraps to be reused.  (Show Reused.)

And finally we come to recycle.  To recycle means that we take something old and make something new and different from it.  We take trash like newspaper, plastic, metal, and glass and make something new.  When we recycle, you might say we are taking trash and turning it into a treasure.  We are giving it new life, or you could say renew.  (Show Renew.)

With a little thought and a few changes of our habits, reduce, reuse, and recycle can seem like magic.

Presentation Idea 1
What you’re about to see is impossible. (Show silk.) Here it is IMPOSSIBLE.  Actually, you’re about to see a magic trick. (Begin pushing silk in palmo ball.) Of course the fun of a magic trick is to take something that looks impossible, and make it possible. If I could do that, we would have ourselves a magic trick. (Switch silks through palmo ball and show POSSIBLE.) But that’s probably not possible.

Presentation Idea 2
There are some popular spy movies called Mission Impossible. (Show IMPOSSIBLE silk.) At the beginning of each movie, they describe something that can’t be done. By the end of the movie, they did it. (Begin pushing silk through palmo ball.) That’s what a magician does in a magic show. A claim is made that something impossible will take place, and by the end of the trick, it’s POSSIBLE. (Show second silk.)

Gospel Presentation Idea
Who You Gonna Call? By Jim Austin It’s time for a little quiz! Get on the edge of your seat and get ready to answer, just pop up if you know. When you are not feeling good, and you want to get better, you see a (Wait for answer.) doctor, correct. When you need money, have to make a withdrawal or cash a check you go to the . . . bank. Sensational. If you had a question, and needed to find out some important information, you would visit the . . . Library. That’s right.

But if you needed the impossible to happen, even when you did not think it was possible, you would need a . . . MAGICIAN. Of course you would. I have it right here, the IMPOSSIBLE. (Show word waver.) Any magician can make the IMPOSSIBLE disappear. (Push silk into hank ball.) Any magician can cause the IMPOSSIBLE to change. (Continue to push silk in palmo to perform switch.) If I’m lucky, you will not catch the trick or

see how it is done. Yes, any magician can do that stuff. But making the IMPOSSIBLE, POSSIBLE is quite a different thing. Magicians can do magic tricks, but Jesus Christ does miracles. Let me tell you about someone who uses no sleight of hand, no tricks and no illusions. He loves you and gives over and over again from the heart, just because He wants to. That is called unconditional love. His promise is that we can do everything if we trust Him. There is nothing we cannot handle if we are willing to include Him. He proved all this by overcoming death, His own. Jesus Christ, the maker of miracles, will make your IMPOSSIBLE . . . POSSIBLE!! (Show possible silk and complete effect.) So, who are you going to call?

Gospel Presentation Idea (See NOTE below about a possible Science Show application.)
Our words are powerful. The Bible says: Proverbs 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
We have choices about our words, positive or negative. Some people wake up and say “Good morning Lord.” Others wake up and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.” Positive and negative.

There’s a word we sometimes use that’s negative. (Show IMPOSSIBLE.) It’s the word impossible. We use it when we lose faith that our problems can be solved. We stop believing that mountains can be moved.

But we can choose to replace the word impossible with the word possible. (Perform switch in palmo or see alternate method in note below.) I’ve thought about it and I can find no way to use the word POSSIBLE in a negative way. (Show POSSIBLE silk.) We can use phrases like “Anything is possible,” “It’s possible,” or “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength.” That’s another way of say it’s possible. In our show, you might see some things that look impossible. But I want you to know they are all made possible because of science and sleight of hand. In other words, what looks like magic is really just a trick. So enjoy the possible. Here we go.

SCIENCE SHOW NOTE: It’s POSSIBLE would make a great way to open a science show explaining that everything in a magic show is actually science and sleight of hand.

Alternate performance note: Instead of switching the silks in a palmo ball, another option is to magically produce the two silks. This can be done from the folds of another silk using a hank ball or other production device. One single word waver silk will fit inside a Vernet king size thumb tip. For a silk production, a palmo ball may be used as well as a hank ball.

It’s Possible Ideas from Duane Laflin
Attach an “impossible” silk to an appearing cane by way of a small loop of thread.  The thread keeps the silk from loosing its shape when displayed.  The cane is collapsed and hidden in your hand.  Show the “impossible” silk.

For gospel:  Talk about struggles we have and how we wonder if we will ever find personal victory.  Comment that some times we think it is impossible for things to change and get better.  Spin the “impossible” silk in your hand and release the cane.   Rather than referring to it as a cane, refer to it as a wand and then do a play on words, wonderful-wand-erful.  Say, “Isn’t it wand-erful to know there is a God in heaven who can do the impossible?  Nothing is too hard for Him.  He has the power to help us change and find victory!”

The concept is silk to cane, impossible to wand-erful change!   Ephesians 3:20  “He who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”

For secular: Show the “Impossible” silk.  Comment, “A magician is one who specializes in the impossible.  It is his job to do what cannot be done.  To make things happen that actually cannot happen.  Of course, it is all just a matter of illusion.  So how do we create these illusions?  How do we make the impossible seem possible?  We use a big magic wand!”  (Cane appears)

Combination Routine for Possible, Encourage, and Put Up Silks
Encourage and Put Up silks are a Steve Harmer Idea
I have two really big words to share with you.  Get ready because they are powerful and important.

What if?
They don’t seem like big words, but they can determine our future.  For example, what if our words and our actions created the opportunity for the impossible to become possible?  See what I mean?  What and if are big words.

When we see the IMPOSSIBLE in front of us, what if we looked for a way to make it possible?

At one time, it was said that man would never be able to travel at 10 miles per hour.  That would be impossible.

At one time, it was said that man would never be able to fly.  That would be impossible.

At one time, it was said that man would never go to the moon.  That would be impossible.
But today we know that all those impossibilities have become POSSIBLE.
Years ago people would have said to do those things would be magic.  What if you started to believe the impossible could be possible?

What if we used out words to encourage others?  We know our words can DISCOURAGE others.  It’s been said that sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.  But that’s not true.  The truth is, sticks and stones may break my bones but words can break my heart.

The things we say, even when we joke, can discourage others.

What if we simply looked for the best in others and reminded them of how special they really are?  That would be the magic of ENCOURAGEMENT.

Put Ups
What if we could share a laugh without a PUT DOWN?  When we say something mean to or about someone else, we are both moving down.

To put down someone else, we must be speaking down to do it.  Our words are bringing us both down.  But something magical happens when we speak well of someone.  It makes both of us feel good to PUT UP someone else.

What if our words were used like magic tricks?  I suppose it would make the world a more magical place.

Put-Up Silks
Barry’s 5th Grade Sunday School Story
Below you will see a story I wrote called Sugar Seeds.  I originally performed the story with a cloth bag and sponge balls.  I would perform a sleight of hand move called “put and take” a pretend to press the ball into someone’s shoulder.  It would appear to vanish into their shoulder as described in the story.

Following the story, I asked my Sunday school students to give me a definition for the word “encouragement.”   One little boy said, “It’s putting up.”  I didn’t understand his answer so I asked him to explain.  He said, “It’s putting up instead of putting down.”  I’ve never forgotten that moment.  It remains to be the greatest definition of the word encouragement I’ve ever heard.

I’ve used the story of putting up with many groups.  It plays really well with teachers.  I usually don’t use the sugar seeds now, but the new put-ups and put-downs silks makes this boy’s definition of encouragement even more magical.

Sugar Seeds
The Sugar Seeds story is based on Claude M. Steiner’s “Fuzzy Tale.”  Since college, when I was first exposed to the story, I have wanted to use it to motivate people.  Although the story is absolutely perfect as is with Warm Fuzzies and Cold Pricklies, I wanted to make just a few changes.  I hope Mr. Steiner’s work with my changes will inspire you.

Once upon a time, a long time ago in a land called Honeyville, there lived a wise, okay average, King named King Bob. King Bob had thousands of loyal subjects who were always happy and content.  The residents of Honeyville were constantly sharing seeds of sweetness with everyone around them. But let me explain.

In those days, everyone was given at birth a small bag. Anytime a person reached inside the bag, he was able to pull out a Sugar Seed.  Sugar Seeds were in high demand because whenever somebody was given a Sugar Seed, it made him feel sweet and warm all over.  People who didn’t get Sugar Seeds regularly were in danger of developing a sickness called Salty Dog, and they would eventually shrivel up and die.

But in those days it was easy to get Sugar Seeds. Anytime somebody felt like it, he would just walk up and say, “I’d like to give you a Sugar Seed. Then he would reach into his bag and pull out a little seed about the size of a little girl’s hand. The Seed would burst into a big smile in the sunlight. He would then place that Sugar Seed on the person’s shoulder and it would snuggle up and melt into their skin and make them feel warm and sweet all over.  People were always asking each other for Sugar Seeds, and since they were given freely, there were seldom any health problems.

Then one day the town Demon of Discouragement became angry. Everywhere he turned, he saw happy people. He wasn’t selling any potions or salves. His business was hurting. But he was a very clever Demon and he devised a plan.  He walked up to a family in the park and started talking to the father. He said, “Do you see how your wife is giving so many Sugar Seeds to your daughter? Aren’t you worried that she will run out and not have any for you?” The father looked at him and said, “Do you mean we can run out of Sugar Seeds? I didn’t know that!” The Demon just shrugged his shoulders and stared, and the father gathered his family and rushed home.

The fear spread quickly and people stopped giving Sugar Seeds. Even though they found a Sugar Seed every time they reached in their bag, they saved them just for close family and friends. They couldn’t risk running out. In a short time, people who didn’t have a lot of family started to get sick, and some even died from Salty Dog.

The Demon of Discouragement was back in business. People were buying potions and salves to heal their saltiness even though they didn’t seem to work. Then the Demon had a brilliant idea. He started selling another bag. Inside this bag were Saccharin Seeds. They looked similar to sugar seeds in size, but it wasn’t the same. Saccharin Seeds would keep you from developing Salty Dog, but they didn’t make you feel sweet and warm, it was more of an artificial sweetness.

Then people would walk up and ask for a Sugar Seed, but if the other person was worried about running out, he might give them a Saccharin Seed instead. Sometimes people would walk up to each other expecting to get a Sugar Seed, and at the last minute, the other person would change his mind and give them a Saccharin Seed instead. Although very few people were dying, a lot of people were very unhappy and artificial. The situation was very complicated.

Before the Demon, people were sharing Sugar Seeds freely and everyone felt great. Groups of people would get together and share Sugar Seeds just for fun. But now, people were pairing off and saving their Sugar Seeds for their mates and family. People who didn’t have a mate or family had to work hard to buy their Sugar Seeds.

Some people were popular and were given lots of Sugar Seeds without having to return them.      These people would then sell them to the unpopular people who needed them to survive.

Some business people started taking Saccharin Seeds and painting them to look like Sugar Seeds, and selling them as the real thing. These Simulated Seeds caused even more confusion and people continued to feel unhappy in the land of Honeyville. Then King Bob decided to do something about his unhappy land. King Bob made a decree that Sugar Seeds were now limitless. Every time you reached in your bag, you would find a Sugar Seed. Then King Bob proceeded to visit community after community handing out his own Sugar Seeds.      He gave them generously to everyone he met. Everyone he touched began to feel sweet and warm. Because of King Bob‘s example, the people of Honeyville started to get the idea that there really was a Sugar Seed in their bag whenever they reached inside. Slowly the people started sharing their Sugar Seeds again. In time, Honeyville was back to the sweet and happy land it had been before.

Encouragement is putting up instead of putting down.

Special Thanks to the many who have shared ideas and routines for our Word Wavers.
Jim Austin, Mike Fisher, Steve Harmer, Duane Laflin, Joe Mazzola, Dan Nixon, Donna Rodwell, Jay Rumple, Tim Sonefelt, and Steve Wronker.
Word Wavers are a product of BarryMitchellProducts.com
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