People will probably forget what you said and they will possibly forget what you did . . . but they will never forget how you made them feel!
Either a good or bad word from someone will stay with you for a long while – but how they made you feel in what they said – will stay with you forever!!! “A word spoken in due season can change a life.”
Of course there’s two sides to this principle (as there is for most things in life) – both equally important!!!
One aspect is the negative, destructive one. If we drive a nail into something, or a knife into someone (whether real or virtual) – even when we remove them – the resulting damage, or scar, remains forever !!! Please stay aware of that – without focusing on it.
The other aspect of this principle – the one we really should focus on – is the power of encouragement !!!
The power of uplifting words or actions to another individual – or group of people – is almost impossible to measure – but the results will be sustainable if the words or actions are used consistently !!!
Many of us are in the practice of using positive words, God’s very own words- affirmations to keep us uplifted – to overcome some deep adversity in our lives that has left a scar. It is a great way to achieve good things and to maintain a constant “feel good” mentality and empowering our souls.
Just one little chunk of encouragement from someone else is usually far more uplifting (by a factor of ten – at least) and the affects longer-lasting.
My suggestion to you is to give encouragement on a daily basis – and if you’re not particularly good at it – then try it for just one week and see how it feels – and observe the change in the dynamics of the people around you – they will be incredible ….. once they’re over the shock 🙂 One week of successful encouragement will change your entire life – because it will become a great habit !!!
Sure – it’s easy to say nothing if someone in our lives does something that involves some level of achievement (no matter how large or small) – but your life (and theirs) will become far richer and more fulfilling if you can learn to give genuine praise and encouragement !!! It may not even be achievement just yet – they may only be ‘trying’ to do something – but just not quite getting there (?).
Your positive help just may allow them to reach the goal that they are so desperately seeking. Give it a go – you’ve got absolutely nothing to lose – and so much to gain !!!
If you’re striving for a particular goal yourself – let persistence, patience, love, courage; faith in God be your closest friends – you’ll get there!!!
Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ”
Prov 15:23 “A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!“