This week marks a year since I started blogging. Facebook has been my platform for sharing Jacob stories for a number of years. While those posts were met with support and understanding, I often wondered if there might be a different audience who was walking the same sort of journey. Who had a similar story. Maybe outside of my circle of friends.
Several times my Mom has said, “I wish you’d write a book. Surely, there are others that could be helped by your experiences.” A book isn’t in the works in the foreseeable future. But, if you know of a family, a teacher, a neighbor, or a friend who knows someone, who knows someone, who might take away something positive from Problem Free Philosophy, I hope you’ll share. Thank you for making this first year as a blogger, therapy I didn’t know I needed.
On to today’s post:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Raise your hand if you have ever said that silly children’s rhyme. I know I did. Probably to a kid in my neighborhood who hurled an insult my way. However, we all know that statement is simply not true.
Words can and sometimes do hurt. Immediately and indefinitely. Words cannot be taken back. Words can haunt us for a long long time. Proverbs 12:18 says, thoughtless speech is like the stabs of a sword. Ouch! If you’ve been cut by words you know the wound is deep. And, the sting is oh so very real.
On the flip side though, words can also help and have healing power. Ever be in a hard situation and get a message from a friend? It is amazing what a few genuine words, spoken from the heart, can do to turn our perspective around. Psalms 16:24 says, Kind words are like honey. Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. Yes! Yes, they are!
Recently, I’ve spent time focusing on those healing words. Those words about my son that renew my energy. Bring peace, comfort, and joy. Some of these words, put together into phrases, will not mean anything to you. And, no doubt, I haven’t listed everything wonderful that has blessed my heart. But these words, from friends, have been good medicine when I needed it most. You may see something here that you’ve said to me. Know your words make my heart smile from the inside out.
“I like that Jacob knows what he wants!”
“I enjoyed staying with Jacob today.”
“Jacob cracks me up.”
“I like hanging out with Jacob.”
“He is so smart.”
“I loved getting to see Jacob.”
“Think of Jacob as a gift.”
“I am Jacob’s friend.”
“I love watching Jacob twirl and dance.”
“Jacob is welcome here.”
“Will Jacob give me a rain check so I can visit him another time?”
“I’ll watch your son if you want to fish.”
“I wouldn’t stay with Jacob if those things bothered me.”
“Tell Jacob we missed him.”
“I will be glad to give Jacob a haircut.”
“Jacob had a great day.”
“I love that Jacob!”
“Jacob has the most beautiful eyes.”
“Thank you for sharing Jacob.”
“I added Jacob to the prayer list.”
“Jacob can ride with me.”
“Jacob is listening whether you know it or not.”
“I’ve known of Jacob all these years but I’m finally getting to know Jacob.”
“Jacob just tickles me.”
“Jacob smiled at me!”
“We want to come see Jacob.”
“Good job Jacob!”
“People with autism are my heart.”
“Jacob pays attention even when he seems uninterested.”
“I saw Jacob smile today!”
“Jacob is so handsome!”
“Jacob let me sit by him.”
“Do you need me to stay with Jacob?”
“Can I help?”
“Jacob held my hands.”
“Jacob was glad to see me and I was glad to see him!”
See what I mean? Affirming words go a long, long way in lifting someone’s spirit. In changing their day. You cannot put a price on the value of words. They don’t have to be ‘profound’ to have a profound impact! It’s the little
things words that mean the most.
I’ll close with two little words that can have mega power, thank you.