Those phrases that damage and tear down can be healed.
Allow me to share a personal story to illustrate:
My husband’s family tormented him as a child with cruel words and physical abuse. By the time Rob entered Jr. High School, he believed he was stupid and worthless.
Thank heaven for a teacher who saw Rob differently. Mr. Johnson told this skinny boy that he was as smart as any of the kids in the class. He just needed to believe in himself. To prove his trust in Rob’s abilities, Mr. Johnson gave him the task of audio-visual man for the school. If a film was to be shown, Rob set up the projector and made sure all went smoothly. Mr. Johnson commended his excellent work and dubbed him the ‘immortal audio-visual man’. Rob’s grades improved. His damaged self-esteem began to heal and sprouted under this teacher’s nurture. This was the beginning of this boy’s successful life.
Would he have gotten there anyway? Rob doubts it. This was a turning point in his life and Mr. Johnson made all the difference. Years later, Rob stopped by the school and found Mr. Johnson in his classroom preparing for tomorrow’s class. He looked up and saw a grown man where the child once stood.
Mr. Johnson smiled, called him by name and added, “the immortal audio visual man.”
Seeing worth in another and using words to lift them to their potential is a great gift.
There is no accident that you’re reading this. This message is for you. Know that you are valuable. You’re more than you think and greater than you seem.
Deep down, we are all immortal.
Has anyone made a difference in your life with kind and truthful words?