Yesterday, in church, a lady gave a talk about "three important phrases." Can you guess what they are?
"I'm sorry; please forgive me."
"I love you."
I evaluated myself with these in mind and found that I came up short. How many times do I sincerely apologize to my husband, my children, my friends for things I have said and done that were less than kind? How many times do I say "I love you" without there being a special occasion for the words? And how many times do I thank someone else for a favor bestowed, a sweet compliment, an unexpected gift?
The answer to all the above is "Not enough."
I sometimes wonder what kind of world we would have if more of us used these phrases on a regular basis. Would there be less hatred, less crime, less abuse? Would there be fewer broken families? Would the worldwide landscape be littered with fewer wars? Would there be more love, more charity, more hope? I don't know, but it's fun to speculate on the possibililties.
So, for today, I am grateful for the power of kind words.