If you’re like me, you’ve probably had thoughts about someone, but for one reason or other, you didn’t share them. I’m referring to things like thinking someone looked nice, enjoying someone’s company, expressing your feelings about someone, or seeing someone perform a kind gesture for a stranger, etc. — the good things in life.
It’s interesting how WORDS NOT SHARED can alter our relationships with others — even alter our journey through life. Let me explain by sharing this true story.
I received a very kind note from a high-school friend after she finished reading my novels. I told her that her message made me think of a great topic for a post on my blog. She gave me permission to use the message, but asked me not to share her name
To honor her request, I replaced her signature with “A High School Friend,” but left the context of her message intact. Below is a photo of her actual message — I added the title used for this post.
Her entire message touched my heart, but the middle paragraph is what intrigued me — “I always had a “crush” on you… and still do! Ha!”
I had no idea of the “crush” she may have had on me many years ago. Don’t fret, I saw the “Ha!” at the end of the paragraph. However, that just adds an air of mystery to her message — did she or didn’t she actually have a crush on me? Only my high school friend knows the answer to that question.
For the purpose of this post, let’s assume she meant it, and I knew nothing about it. Think how different our lives might be if she had shared her thoughts with me when we were in high school. This is a perfect example of how WORDS NOT SHARED can alter lives for a day — month — year — or for a lifetime.
I’m happy to report that in this particular situation, my friend and I are very happy how things worked out — it’s the way it was meant to be — maybe. Ha!
I’m sure similar types of situations have happened with many of us — I have certainly done it. How often have you thought how nice someone looked, but said nothing — WORDS NOT SHARED. How often have you been proud of what someone did, but said nothing — WORDS NOT SHARED. I could continue with other WORDS NOT SHARED situations, but I’m sure you know exactly what I mean at this point.
Yes, I have been guilty of not sharing good thoughts to others in the past, but I pledge that I’m going to change in the future. From this day forward, if I think something nice about someone, I’m going to say it and will make sure that person is aware of my thoughts. The only time I will withhold my thoughts is when they are not positive about others — I may think it, but my thoughts will be WORDS NOT SHARED.
With that, let me share these farewell thoughts before you go about your day:
If you are still reading to this point, I want you to know that I think you are AWESOME — I wish you a great day!
Now, make it a priority to share your good thoughts about others with them each day. It may be the best thing they hear that day!
Be blessed in all that you do!
A special note to the high school friend who sent me the note:
“Thank you for making me smile…”
Tom Tatum – Author – 2019
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