Just for a moment, I’d like you to read this and then shut your eyes and answer it. Ready? Here we go . . .
Think back to a time when someone said or did something hurtful to you . . . Shut your eyes and think about that for a moment.
Chances are, you thought of the person who said or did it, the time and place where it occurred, and the exact or nearly the exact words or actions that were used. Some of you might even picture the time of day and what the weather was like.
For some of you, this took place years ago, but you remember as if it were yesterday.
How powerful words and actions are!
For me, it was early in the sixth grade. We were on the playground and a group of my friends were standing around talking and as I approached them, one or two drifted away. Three turned to me and one said, “I’m having some friends over and you’re not invited.” He and the other two friends turned and walked away . . . laughing. Yes, they laughed.
For the life of me, I can’t tell you why. I can’t tell you what I had done or said. I can’t even tell you what I didn’t do or didn’t say. I was stunned. These were my friends. Guys I hung out with. I had always done things with them. Always. I was one of them. But now, I was excluded. I didn’t know why and to this day, still don’t know why. But I can tell you that I was hurt deeply.
Now, I want you to read the next statement and then shut your eyes and answer it. Ready? Here we go . . .
Think back to a time when someone said or did something to you that made you feel so good . . . Shut your eyes and think about that for a moment.
Once again, chances are you thought of the person who said or did it, the time and place where it occurred, and the exact or nearly the exact words or actions that were used. Some of you might even picture the time of day and what the weather was like.
And like the hurtful words or actions, perhaps, it occurred years ago, but you remember as if it were yesterday.
There were so many kind words and actions given to me over the years, that I’m having trouble choosing just one. In fact, it was far easier to remember the hurtful words and actions than the more pleasant memory.
Interesting how that happens, isn’t it?
We might remember the negative far easier, and perhaps far longer, than we recall the positive.
I think we need to remember, especially those in positions of authority, that our words and our actions mean something. They have an impact- either positive or negative. And sometimes the negative outlasts the positive.
So my charge to you this day . . . my charge to you every day . . . is to choose your words and actions carefully and wisely. We might not ever know what impact we might have on whom. Further, I ask that you Be That One that makes a positive impact in what you say and in what you do. Life is so short. We need to help and not hurt. We need to build up and not tear down. Please, Be That One! Something to think about . . .
Live Your Life, and Make A Difference!
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