“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” Mother Teresa. Recently my daughter gifted me with a book entitled, A Grandmothers Prayers, by Kay Swatkowski. The book has daily readings related to many life experiences. One of the days was “Kind Words.” I think the reason this one jumped out at me was because I just finished listening to the morning news and nearly every story was far from kind words, criticisms or false accusations.
In reflecting, I wondered what it would be like if we spoke at least 50% more kind words. Wouldn’t it make a huge difference if we could get out from behind our cellphones, ear buds, Ipads, and computers to speak meaningful kind words to our children, grandchildren, family members, colleagues, co-workers, people in the grocery line, people at the stop and go lights, etc.?
Kay Swatkowski believes there are five components for communicating acceptance, respect and love to our children and grandchildren. But I would relate this basic concept at another level, to all those we encounter. The five components: meaningful touch (where appropriate), a spoken message, attaching high value, picturing a special future and an active commitment.
A hug, handshake or shoulder touch can bring settling differences to another person. Through a conversation and spoken message we can further understand where they are coming from or the comfort of sharing. By listening and eye contact we can acknowledge the person is valued. In conversation we can share a persons stories, dreams and goals, becoming actively committed to the relationship and respecting the person.
As a grandparent I have the honor of assuring my grandchildren of unconditional love and acceptance. I pray that the Lord will remind me to speak of tenderness and insight, so when they look back on my life they feel the blessings I have shared with them.
I pray that I can make a difference in someone’s life each day with “kind words” and in turn make a difference in this world.