I was at a store the other day, a little frazzled trying to get things situated this week. I was carrying some heavy worry for a couple of my kids. I was worried about the minutia of the holidays pressing in. I was tired.
And around a corner came a little angel.
In the form of a kind woman.
She gave me such a sweet compliment right out of the blue, that felt so genuine and just at the time when I was sure needing it.
My scowl from the burden of the tasks at hand changed instantly. My heart was lighter. And I told that kind woman that she made my day.
Because really, she did.
It is amazing what a few kind words can do. Even from a complete stranger.
At that same store, as I was waiting to check out, there was an employee trying to direct the line. She asked the man in front of me if he was paying with cash or card, to which he said something unkind under his breath and huffed away, ignoring her efforts to help navigate.
Oh he was probably having his own bad day. Who knows? Maybe his sweater was itchy. Maybe his dog was sick. Maybe he was lonely. But the countenance of that poor woman trying to help fell. She looked at me, slowly shaking her head and explained she was simply trying to be kind.
I was so glad I was able to share some kind words with her and let her know she was doing a great job, already buoyed up from the kind woman over in aisle C.
As I walked out into the Fall desert sunshine I thought about how powerful words are.
They can lift or they can tear down.
And we get to chose how we use them.
On this, the eve of Thanksgiving, I want to challenge us all to be watchful of our words today.
Find a way to use them to build. To lift. To love. Right now. It can take two seconds to build with words.
Send a kind text of gratitude to someone you love. Use someone’s name. Look for the good in those around you and give a sincere compliment. Tell the cashier who is working holiday hours to serve you that she’s doing an awesome job. Call someone you have lost touch with.
Share the best kind of words.
Because they matter.
And I’ll do the same, dear blog readers. Thank you for being here. Thank you for making me think. Thank you for building me and loving my family for all these years. I am very thankful for you.
Sending over lots of love this Thanksgiving!