#27: Words II
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Recently a young lady was making quite a fuss inside a convenience store. She yelled and cursed at the cashier and other customers because her bank debit card wasn't approved for her purchase of a bottle of soda. She even tried an ATM for a cash withdrawal without success. All the while she became angrier and angrier.
It was impossible for other people inside the store to know from viewing the scene what drove her to such a rant that not only embarrassed her but also everyone else present. The clerk, to his credit, remained silent, most likely aware that there was nothing he could do about her depleted bank account.
Finally a man approached the upset young lady and in a soft tone said, "I sometimes have trouble with my card. Will you allow me to buy that for you?"
The woman looked at her benefactor and burst into tears as she nodded "Yes."
It is true that a soft tone does turn away wrath and temper anger. It is highly probable the woman was reacting to something in her life other than a simple retail transaction.
How often do we think of our own actions and our own words and the effect they have on other people? Most likely not very often. Yet, many times, all someone wants is a soft tone telling them "Everything will be alright. You are a valuable person. You are a gift to the world."
Yes, a soft voice can turn away wrath but it can also reach deep into another's soul to let them know things will get better, that while their current problems may seem insurmountable there are people who care about them.
We need to be aware that what we say or what we write is capable of having a far-reaching effect on someone else. It should be our intent to offer others encouragement and hope and positive affirmations.
When I began writing these daily messages I did not have a day-by-day topic planned. I allow the spirit of the world to "purchase" a daily topic for me. The most satisfying comments from readers are the ones that say, "This was exactly what I needed to read today."
Just as the man in the store was put there to assuage the woman's wrath, so do I believe we are put here on earth to comfort others, to motivate them, to inspire them that their life CAN be better, that problems CAN be overcome, that there is a plan in place for them to achieve their goals.
Our words can be powerful. A soft tone turns away wrath. Words of encouragement can be the key to another's happiness. Words of inspiration may be exactly what another person needs to replenish their soul and rejuvenate their hopes.
Our words can be powerful.
How will you use yours?