Those things people say that sort of freeze us in time for a few moments. Sometimes they can be good moments and sometimes crappy.
On Friday I was on Facebook and saw that a friend of mine, someone I have never met but to whom I have a close attachment because of her infectious personality, posted that she had written a blog post and that she hadn’t written in some time.
She talked about her battle with depression and her relationships with people at the time and most importantly, the relationship she had with herself.
It was a very moving post and I was glued into reading it, and I told her that.
Then, she said to me, “It is you that made me get back into the writing. Your blog posts are so insightful.”
I was frozen by her response. Me? My posts had inspired her to write again? And not only write, but to masterfully place her words on paper so that I could feel every feeling.
The reason her words meant so much to me is that it inspired me to write this post. And I felt great that my writing made an impact on someone.
I couldn’t help but become brutally aware of how one small word of encouragement to someone can produce a profound effect. It can set someone on a stronger road. And then maybe they can pay it forward to someone else.
Unfortunately, the opposite is also true. One discouraging comment to someone can send that person further away from becoming a happier and more fulfilled individual.
Words have power.
Today I’m going to listen a little more carefully to people. I’m going to talk less, listen more and listen harder. And when I find someone that I believe can benefit from a small word of encouragement, not a lecture – but encouragement, I’m going to encourage them and maybe they’ll walk away feeling uplifted and empowered.
A few encouraging words.
Be the example.