Our words matter. What I say matters. What I don’t say matters. The same is true for you, your spouse, your boss, your parents, your kids; those you lead, follow and share life with.
Obviously, what you DO also matters, and it’s extremely important that our words and actions are in sync. Without integrity, our words are meaningless.
What this short movie shows however, is the incredible power that our words can have. They have the power to build, or tear down; to give life, or to be a sword; to add value, or demean.
What we don’t say, also matters. Far too often, we hold back the compliments and encouragement that could help a coworker or friend get through the day. Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” There is a lot of truth to that. In fact, some people have to go that long without hearing one good thing said about them. It is always easier to point out the negative in someone, to criticize or point out fault. We are sometimes even drawn to criticism of others; American Idol became such a success, largely due to Simon Cowell and his harsh – yet usually accurate and funny – “critique” of the awful contestants.
The fact is, we all have faults. Fortunately we ALL have good characteristics too, and if we look for those qualities in others, we have the power to give life to someone in need. Think about that and make someone’s day. …Or quite possibly, her next two months.
By the way, I think you are great!