At work on Monday, as I rang up a customer’s merchandise, I was reminded of the reality of the power of our words. It was so profound that I wanted to share it with you.
The lady that I was ringing up was an older lady, maybe in her 60s. And the lady behind her appeared to be around my age, in her 30s. The lady in her 30s had a crying infant in its car seat inside of the cart, and a fussy toddler that she was struggling to control. Just by the look on her face, you could see that she was trying her best to stay calm and keep it together.
I continued to ring up the older lady’s merchandise when she finally had it. In a voice loud enough for the three of us to hear she states, “that is what’s wrong you young gals. You have children and you don’t even know what you are doing. What a shame!” She shakes her head and looks at me.
My heart ached as I saw the silent tears stream down the struggling mother’s face.
I took a deep breath and I kindly said, “Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual and it appears to me that she is doing the best that she can.” I then ask her, “do you have kids?” She appeared to be caught off guard at first and then her eyes lite up as she began to talk about her grown children and her grandbabies. As we spoke, she reminisced about her time as a mother and by doing so she recalled some of the difficulties that she experienced as a parent herself. I believe that she left my register with a softer heart and that the mother later left feeling a little uplifted.
It is so easy to go along with the negativity. I could have easily agreed with the older lady. I could have easily added to her case against the mother but what good would that have done anyone? NONE! Not for the struggling mother, not for the other lady, and not for myself.
My point here is that we don’t have to go along to get along!
People’s lives are hard enough without us freely spreading our thoughts and opinions on top. Trust me, if you held your tongue today be sure someone else just might not do so tomorrow. There simply isn’t enough love going around. I am an empath and to see that woman crushed by a stranger when she was trying not to fall apart was just gut wrenching.
The Bible supports the idea of us learning to tame our tongues. It is such a small member of our body but is so difficult to tame. If we were to focus on this difficult task we would find compassion for those around us.
Conclusion I don’t believe that the older lady was evil. She actually seemed like a sweet lady once we began talking. I believe that there needs to be more of that done by us. If someone comes to you with negative talk don’t add to it or hype up the situation. When you think about it, it really doesn’t help anyone when we participate in such activities. The fact that I didn’t come at the older lady with a judgmental tone made her open up to me.
Let’s spark up kindness in others with the words of our mouths. May our choice to do so spread throughout the earth like a forest fire.
And for those who cannot find a kind word, might I suggest you take the high road and not say anything at all.
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