Brighten Someone’s Day

Perhaps you’ve heard or read the story about the young lady who prepared for work one morning.  She chose her outfit, but was a little uncertain about it. 

Do I look OK in this? 

She decided to go with it, albeit her doubts.  That morning, everyone complimented her on how great she looked.  She was on top of the world, filled with energy and confidence. 

Just before lunch, however, one co-worker said to her, “Gee, that outfit makes you look fat.” 

Totally deflated, the young lady went directly home for lunch and changed her attire. 

The moral of the story?  Our words have power—great power—to lift someone’s day and energize their confidence.  Or, to zap their life’s energy and totally drain them of any shred of self-confidence they carried with them that day. 

The truth is, we all have our up’s and down’s.  Sometimes we’re on top of the world, and absolutely nothing or no one can get us down.  On those superlative days, negative comments are “their problem,” and not ours.  We’re so on top of it that we even send good thoughts toward the naysayers, and perhaps even say a prayer for them. 

On our “down” days, however, we’re a little more vulnerable.  The innocent comment becomes a dagger to the heart.  A momentary smirk lays the groundwork for questioning self-doubts. 

In between the “superlative” days and the “down” days, we just manage the best we can, embracing all the positive blessings that come our way, while shielding ourselves as best we can from forces that oppose us. 

Why do we “settle for” the kind of day we’re having?  Why not take command of our environment and decide to be a positive force in each and every moment of the day? 

Having a negative confrontation with someone?  Why react in kind?  Maybe he/she is just having a really bad day.  Why not speak life and energy, goodness and kindness into his/her day?  No matter how badly you may be feeling yourself, you can still smile, and think of something positive to say.  You can give that person a gift…of life and energy and love. 

It will come back to you.  Again, it will come back to you.  You’ve heard it before, and I’ll say it again, “What goes around comes around.” 

A man named Paul said it better, “…a man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7b) 

It’s so true.  What we give out, is what we will receive. 

“Give, and it shall be given unto you…” 

Make someone’s world a little brighter today.  You have that power…it will come back to you.

2 Responses to “Brighten Someone’s Day”

  1. Don Jones Says:

    The power of the word has no meaning until you give it meaning. People that allow the word of others to dictate how they feel about themselves have no self estemm or confidence. These are learned attributes. I have intervened when adults are using the word to belittle or harm children . No one has the right to use that power over another. Peace Don

    • judyransom Says:

      Hi, Don! Yes, that’s so true about children. They are especially vulnerable to the words of their parents. Death and life are in the power of the tongue…an unruly evil, full of deadly poison…or full of life and healing. Good for you, for protecting the little ones!

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