"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- Maya Angelou
I am a sensitive person--well, actually excessively sensitive. Example--When I was in third grade, at recess time I was playing on the monkey bars, and Robert Strong--a fourth grader who lived up the river--yelled out, "Hey, look at that fat monkey on the bars." All the kids laughed. I never played on the bars again.
I was a chubby girl, but not fat. I had never worried about it before, but I think maybe it was at that point that I became self-conscious of my image. I felt that I carried a "fat girl sign", and could hear the kids laughing at me. Even when I was thin, my mind still saw that sign. Now, I know that a good therapist probably was in order, but that's not the object of this story, it is to emphasize how our words have a life of their own.
James 3:10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! (NLT)
Ephesians 4:29 Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.(NLT)
I want to be remembered for the encouragement that I give others.