In Others’ Words: The Power of Kind Words


These days, my thoughts turn more and more to the need for kindness. Kind actions. Kind words. 

It is all too easy these days to judge another person harshly — to judge an entire group of people harshly. (And no, this is not a political post. Not going there.) I blogged a month ago about how I don’t want to be an angry person, centering my post on this quote by Corrie Ten Boom: The greatest remedy for anger is delay.

Another remedy for anger? Kindness. 

Kindness can change the course of our day. When someone motions for me to merge ahead of them in traffic or greets me with a smile in the checkout line instead of a blank stare or a frown, I’m encouraged. Even better, I’m motivated to pay that kindness forward.

And like Mother Teresa said, the echo of kind words goes on and on. A simple thank you that acknowledges your efforts on a project can make all the hard work worth it. And an unexpected compliment? Have you ever hugged someone’s kind words close, allowing the echo to wash over your heart and soothe the ache hidden there?

Today, let’s remember the power of kind words — and let’s look for the opportunity to speak kind words to others.

In Your Words: What echo of kind words came back to you as you read today’s blog post?






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  1. Brenda Williams
    September 28, 2017, 6:28 am   /  Reply

    Just yesterday, in an email between my sister and me. She said, “nicely written”. That actually made my day. It was just such a simple thing, and a simple comment, but, it made me happy.

    • September 28, 2017, 7:05 am   /  Reply

      Such a great example of how kind words are often simple words and how they can mean so much.

  2. September 28, 2017, 7:39 am   /  Reply

    The only thing I can think of is Al Capone’s, “You can get a lot further with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word.” Does that count? It’s always worked for me.

    Oh, and this – “Come unto Me, all Ye who labour and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.”

    • September 28, 2017, 7:52 am   /  Reply

      Oh, Andrew … you made me laugh!
      And Jesus’ words about giving us rest?
      Some of the kindest words ever spoken.

  3. September 29, 2017, 8:30 am   /  Reply

    I really like this post! I remember once, during a time when someone was being especially critical of my appearance, a lady who I didn’t know came up to me and told me that my makeup looked nice. It was sort of a strange compliment to receive from a stranger, but it came at just the right time and really made me feel good about myself.

    • September 29, 2017, 1:00 pm   /  Reply

      Sometimes the kind words of a stranger can mean the most, can’t they?
      And your words — I really like this post! — encouraged me today! 🙂

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