Thursday, September 22, 2011

Is It Your Time Yet?

You never know the power of your words.  Sometimes, maybe even often, we try to say things which will have an impact on someone.  Maybe a lesson you want to convey or some experience that has taught you much and you are eager to share it.  I have found that we impact others the most when we are not trying.  Many times we affect others and we never even know it.  We may influence them for "good" or for "bad" and still perhaps never know.  Here are a few examples.

A neighbor once announced, "I'll never drink sweet tea again!"  He wasn't trying to cut down on sugar...he just didn't like tea.  He was a born and bred Southerner, like me, and we were raised on sweet tea, drinking it at, and between, every meal. Another friend present that day grabbed onto that statement and ran with it.  I don't think he ever drank sweet tea again after that day.  Instead he chose wine each time he would have had sweet tea.   I watched over the years as this pleasure became an addiction that took him to his knees.  But the neighbor never knew the weight of his innocent words.

About a year ago my sister was "wishing and hoping", talking about what she was going to do in the future.  I looked straight at her and said, "Shirley, it's time now."  Given that we are in our sixties, it IS time, for heaven's sake.  We talked and laughed about other things the rest of the day and never mentioned that statement again.

Fast forward to now.  Shirley and her husband have just returned from twelve days in Alaska.  A cruise and all the accompanying side trips, shows, food, and photos.  What a wonderful time they had.  After five days at home, Shirley left again for the beach.  Another of her dreams, and mine, has been to "live" on the beach for a month.  She is there.  Now.  For a month.

Yes, this is unlike her.  She has been a homebody, care-taking anyone in her sphere, and attracting other "needy" souls like sugar attracts flies.  From children, to husband, to parents, to church, to neighbors, to community, to friends....even to me.  She has "taken care of" them all.

But she heard me say, "It's time", and took it deep inside.  She paid much more attention to my words than I did.  I'm still just saying it.  She has moved into "doing" it.  For herself.  Finally.

At my father's funeral the young minister and family friend shared with the group that daddy was one of his main role models.  "Oh, he never knew it", John said.  Daddy lived a high value life in a very quiet way.  He would have been shocked at John's statement.  But I'm not.  And I'm rambling.

The powers of our words?  We just never know.  Read "The Five People You'll Meet In Heaven" and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Oh, and guess what?  I'm going to the beach with her.....for 10 days.  She gets all the rest.  And it is about time!



  1. I love that book! Can't wait to spend some time with ya'll next week.

  2. I love this post. Words are powerful indeed. We can speak a blessing or a curse on someone else. And for ourselves, we can speak our limitations or our greatest destiny.

  3. Galen, Thanks for the visit and the heads up to Ann Voscamp. Just now getting to know her gentle spirit.

    The Tame Lion, Images on your site are spot on!

    BArbara, See you next week!

  4. I just came from Wanda's post, words are powerful indeed, they can save and they can hurt.

    I'm trying to teach my son that words matter.

    Thank you for the post.

  5. Thanks so much for dropping into my blog ... it is very nice to meet you. I totally agree with your posting. It is time. NOW. That is why I am a Canadian living in Mexico. It's important to live our dreams. Life is Sweet. and ... Life is short. So happy you are going to the beach. Enjoy the moment. :o) Donna

  6. Words are certainly impactive. Loved what you shared in this post.

    Have a nice day!

  7. I've been wanting to read that book for such a long time. It's been on my long list forever. I need to pick it up.

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  9. You often never know who've you've touched with your words, especially if you are a published writer. There not much better than to have written something that makes a person laugh, or cry, or think, or be called to action. Words hold power.

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  10. Thanks for all your valuable comments. We are truly all on the same page here. We all know our words are powerful. It's awesome the influence just an offhand comment can have without our intending it or ever even knowing it.


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