Saturday, 24 March 2007


Yesterday a lovely friend of my gave me a card. She had written some lovely things in it, which made my day.
It got me thinking how important our words are...spoken or written and what effect they can have on other people.
How often do we tell people how much we appreciate them?
Why they are special to us?
Thank you for doing something?
Comment on a job well done?
What if we extend this to not just family and friends but people who randomly come across our assitants...receptionists...postworkers...the list is endless.
Not only does it make that persons day better but you will feel really good. The great thing doesn't cost you ANYTHING!!! How good is that, something for free!

So often our natural reaction is (especially us Brits) to complain, moan, look on the negative side, talk badly about someone, criticise...I'm sure you can think of plenty more.
So this week why don't you...say something nice to people you live/work with, pick up the phone and rig someone and tell them how much they mean to you, write a creative...yes you could even do a scrapbooking project!!!
And before you criticise, moan, get cross...think do I need to say this or could I approach this situation from a different angle...this is something I need to do a lot especially at home and with my family...
Here are some little proverbs about *words* which I found....
Proverbs 15:4
Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 16:24
Kind words are like honey— sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 18:4
Wise words are like deep waters; wisdom flows from the wise like a bubbling brook
Proverbs 20:15
Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004 by Tyndale Charitable Trust

Have I made you think?
Ive made myself think!!!
An example of positive words.
Jamie goes to football every friday night. He loves going and always attacks each task with 100% enthusiasm and energy. He never gets upset if his team doesn't win and always shows excellent sportsmanship when someone else gets player of the week. He is the smallest there so does struggle to get the ball in matches and often spends his time *chasing the pack*. Each week he would come back and tell us what happened and who got *player of the week*

Well this week I thought (proud mum) that he was doing really well and had made a mental note to tell him when we got home and give him a special sticker. Well at the end of the session a delighted Jamie was awarded *player of the week* for the first time! It was for listening, playing well and noticing something about a goal which no-one else had.

His little face beamed in total surprise and utter delight. At the end he rushed over to show me his certificate. All the way home all he talked about was his certificate and once home he rushed in to show dad his precious certificate. It went to bed with him!!

Who says words are cheap...they may not cost anything but in my mind they are priceless!!

A few words on a bit of paper made Jamies.... day, week, month, whole training season!!


Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel
yes you are right,words do mean so much and yet some can do the opposite!Thanks for being a good friend! and a big well done to Jamie he must be made up,and both you and Colin so proud of him!Look forward to some more scrapping soon!!maybe before Thursday??
Love R.xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rachel for this, I used it as a base for a study I had to do for homegroup. It really made me think about words & so often I write a little message for somone in my head, but never get it onto paper, so it was a reminder to be more active.
Thanks again