A FEW SIMPLE WORDS CAN SAVE A LIFE
The following true story will show how a few simple words and change someone’s life forever!
One New Year’s Eve while mingling with other guests at a party, I noticed a young girl huddled in an armchair at the far corner of the room with an unmistakable expression of sadness on her face. “She could sure use some cheering up” I thought to myself and walked over to speak with her. We chatted casually for a while before I felt comfortable enough to ask her why she was so unhappy.
“I’m pregnant,” she confided. “My boyfriend left me, I don’t have a job or any money and I need to get an abortion so my parents won’t find out. I’m really scared.”
While my mind raced for the right things to say, I found myself marveling aloud at the pure innocence of a baby, its trusting, toothless smile, delicate fingers and toes and an unconditional love for its mother. I then reminded her that she has parents who love her and will be proud and thrilled to welcome their new grandchild once the initial shock wears off.
She listened intently to what I was saying then, smiling ever so brightly, she sprang to her feet to hug me. “Thank you!” she said. “What for?” I asked. “For making me want my baby!” she replied while gently caressing her tiny baby bump. “That’s wonderful! Glad I could help!” I said then gave her one last hug and wished her well before resuming the party in progress.
Two years later, we happened to cross paths at the mall. Over lunch, she brought me up to speed with news and wallet-sized photos of her pride and joy, a cute little fair-haired toddler!
On my drive home that day, I suddenly realized that I had actually saved a life, not due to some heroic feat, but with mere words and good intentions.
Today, many lives are being saved every day by a prominent surgeon whose live I saved with simple, but powerful words.
LIFE LESSON: WORDS HAVE ENORMOUS POWER
SO CHOOSE THEM WISELY BEFORE