open invitation no. 46: oops

There are times writing goes awry.

An email from an #SOSmagic story collector arrived in my inbox with a link to her post for this week. I mentally slapped my forehead with my palm because I realized invitation number 46 didn’t go live last Thursday. It takes a matter of minutes to fix it, but here I am, three days later, just now making a post live.

I used to let this kind of mistake drag me down.
Now I’ve learned to say, “Oops.”

There’s a Bob Ross quote that hangs on the door from our house to our garage. It is a reminder to the whole family and goes like this:

“I don’t make mistakes. I make happy, little accidents.”

Bob Ross

Oops has a lot more power than negative expletives. Oops means I’m moving on without being pulled down. I hope you’ll share a story, even though the invitation was a little late this week.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.


Open your blog and write a post. Just write.


Reply to this post, jot a note and paste your URL.


Comment on other blogs. Soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

10 thoughts on “open invitation no. 46: oops

  1. Life is a long string Happy Accidents! I was waiting and waiting and hoping nothing was wrong. Didn’t think to contact you, Ruth! I just was patient and knew you would post and you did! Here’s a reflection on a lesson I did last week inspired by Julie Cox’s Shakespeare quote and post. I am ever grateful to you and to my fellow SOS bloggers for helping me get inspiration to write every week. THANK YOU!

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