“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia, Living, Loving & Learning …
I am not sure why we often underestimate, and sometimes forget, the power of these things. Perhaps we have simply become too familiar with those around us and have forgotten the powerful effect our words and actions can have on their lives. Or maybe we just feel that some people do not really need–or want–our input and interactions in their lives. Whatever the case may be, the truth remains that almost everything we say and do to others has some effect–either positive, negative, or both–in their lives, our lives, and the lives that we both touch.
And although we most likely will not solve anyone else’s problems or turn their life around by sharing a smile, offering kind words, or being there for them to talk to, we should always keep in mind that our smiles, compliments, listening ears, and compassionate acts, are just part of the puzzle–they go on to become part of a greater whole, a whole that gives hope and peace to someone and would remain incomplete without our contribution.
When I was in grade school, my teacher had the class put our name on a blank sheet of paper and then pass it around the room to all the other children. And as each sheet of paper came to our desk, we were asked to write a compliment about the person whose name appeared on the top. I still have my piece of paper today as a reminder, and proof, that the positive words and actions of others really do have the power and potential to turn another’s life around.
Leo Buscaglia reminds us that we do have the power and ability to help others in big and small ways–to make them feel good about life and living. Why not use it as often as we possibly can?
Do something kind, compassionate, caring, and loving for someone else today.
Questions to consider:
What kinds of things might you contribute today that might help to turn around the life of someone else?
Why is it so easy to feel that our words don’t mean much to others?
How many opportunities do we have each day to make this sort of contribution to others? How many of those opportunities do we actually take advantage of?
For further thought:
“Our workaday lives are filled with opportunities to bless others. The power of a single glance or an encouraging smile must never be underestimated.” ~ G. Richard Rieger