She came to our first meeting prepared, with half a dozen legal pages full of notes. It was clear she had taken a lot of time to ready herself for this meeting.
The same was true for the next meeting, and the next, and the next.
As our group divided and conquered for a big presentation, she was always the one going the extra mile, making phone calls and doing additional research to make us better. Through her fact-finding mission, her light shined brightly.
And so, a few days before the meeting, I went to her cubicle and thanked her for her work. I don’t remember my words, but I know that my heart wanted to let her know that she was appreciated and made a difference.
I never expected what would happen the next day.
We happened to arrive at our office at the same time and she said to me, “You know, I was thinking about what you said to me last night…”
Did you catch that? She went home that night, hours after I spoke to her and thought about my words. The next morning, when I saw her for the first time, they were still on her heart, while I had not thought of them since I walked away from her desk.
This is what kind words do. Like it says in Proverbs 16:24: “Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.”
Kind words are balm for our souls. We need to both give and receive kind words.
Too often I find myself going about my day so quickly that I miss opportunities to extend a simple kind word. Perhaps you do the same?
My colleague’s response reminded me that this is not how we should live. We need be be proactive, and take just a few seconds to say thank you, you matter. You helped me. You made a difference.
Now I look for opportunities to say kind words and verbally acknowledge people’s good works, what they mean to me or even just how they look.
I don’t know why this was such an a-ha moment of me. Of course kind words leave an impact. So many times in my own life, a person’s words have stuck with me, long after a conversation ended.
Today I want to encourage you to share a kind word with someone. Make their day – and take a moment to let it make yours, too.