Power of WORDS: good lesson


This story was shared by the Ex-Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam. He said: “When I was a kid, my mom cooked food for us. One night in particular when she had made dinner after a long hard day’s work, Mom placed a plate of ‘subzi’ and extremely burn roti in front of my Dad. I was waiting to see if anyone noticed the burnt roti. But dad just ate his roti asked me how was my day at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember mom apologizing to Dad for the burnt roti. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burnt roti.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy, good night and I asked him if he really liked his roti burnt. He wrapped me in his arms and said:  “Your momma put in a long hard day at work today and she was really tired. And besides? A burnt roti never hurts anyone but HARSH WORDS DO…!”

Words are powerful. They have the power to heal or wound. Words have the power to build or destroy. Words can bring hope and words can bring defeat. So, think about the words that you will utter in the course of the week. Are they words that will empower others or are they words that will discourage and de-motivate people?

Before you speak: THINK
T: is it TRUE?
H: is it HELPFUL?
K: is it KIND?

By Adebanjo Ajayi

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