It’s easy to appreciate others from afar. What a game changer it would be if people shared their thoughts of admiration and appreciation out loud with each other! Words are incredibly powerful. You could change the course of someone’s day, week or even (not to be too dramatic) their life.
Going through my divorce was the most arduous time in my life. I felt unworthy of God’s love. I felt like I had failed my parents. I was overwhelmed with guilt about what my sweet, young babies were about to go through. I was unsure of my future and feeling utterly devastated at the turn my life had taken. It’s nearly impossible to pull out of that tarpit by yourself.
Thankfully, there are human beings in the world created with beautiful hearts and armed with kind words.
I was shopping for groceries with my girls. A woman I have never met approached me and said, “I hope this won’t freak you out but I’ve been watching you with your girls. You’re a great Mom. I just felt like I needed to tell you.” I just stared at her for what seemed like an eternity and then I burst into tears. I told her how much it meant to me and shared a small bit of my story. We hugged and she shed tears with me. Two perfect strangers in the middle of the produce isle, hugging and crying. All because she decided to speak what she felt.
Believe me, a compliment was the last thing I thought I deserved but it was tremendously impactful. It was my game changer. I’m not saying it was solid ground from that day forward. There were plenty more moments in the tarpit but I held my head up a little higher after that encounter. The power of compassion and the bravery to share, even when it’s a bit awkward, was the small spark I needed.
If you feel the tug on your heart to speak to someone, DO IT! You never know what they are going through. Your words of appreciation, affirmation or just genuine kindness may be exactly what that person needs. Why not let it be you to give them such a magnificent gift? Be a blessing and speak life into someone today!