Can I Borrow Your Words?
Ever need to borrow someone else’s words because your own don’t seem sufficient? I have. Often.
I figure, if someone has already said, in the best way I can imagine, a certain thought – why not just share it?
You know by now, if you know me at all – or follow Goodness Matters here or the group on Facebook, that quotes are one of my fave things in life. The right words, at the right time, can set my day in a good direction; offer me fodder for thought when I’m ready to mentally wrangle a principle or feeling; grant me hope or comfort when my heart is hurting.
My hope is that, by sharing, I get to help someone else. Here are today’s beautiful words that somehow bring out a Better Me:
As is often the case, I can’t find the author of these words. I’ve learned, from many years of collecting quotes as well as from years of listening to speeches, lessons, and addresses, that the true originator of a thought is not necessarily credited. Instead, the words circulate around as having come from this or that person. Unfortunate. Because we’d all like to give credit where it’s due. But anyway, I love the counsel to take just one minute to go outside and soak it all in. To look up and think about how amazing this entire planet is. How we each have a place in life. How there are so many beautiful creations, including beloved people, for us to enjoy.
Six words. Amazing implications. I’ve thought for hours about this one. While supposedly paying attention to other things or people. Don’t tell anyone I shared that last part. I’ve pondered while loading the dishwasher (May I take a small moment simply to give a nod to the dishwasher??! I’m so thankful to have one in my kitchen!)
I love how it causes us to think about how we think. How it’s necessary for us to step outside our box for a moment, and go in a different direction. It also infers that we DO something. We GO somewhere. Much better than sitting and sulking because nothing is going the way we want it to. I love these six words! By the way. This one is attributed to Unknown as well. Whoever said it – Thank You!
Three little words that, if I actually do the thinking, may turn me around in a matter of moments. Sometimes this one, to be honest, seems Just Too Hard at the moment. But it somehow sticks back there in a dark corner of my mind, just waiting to burst out and shift my sadness or momentary feeling of hopelessness. There has been much comfort – created in myself by myself and the blessings of heaven – by following the advice to think happy thoughts. Again, no one specifically to thank. But I imagine each of us may have prodded ourselves with this message at one time or another.
Isn’t this beautiful? Gandhi was such a superb human being. He looked for, and found, the good. Often, his words of common sense and goodness have helped me along my path. Despite the horrible headlines or the difficult and harsh things that happen in our own lives, there are still good people. There is still beauty. I love the advice to never lose faith.
So, when you desire to uplift someone [or need it for yourself], just ask
Can I borrow your words?
Use someone else’s words to lift your heart and strengthen your resolve to feel better. I’m not offering this as a Know It All. Nope! It’s just because words can heal. Beautiful thoughts can lift me up and kick me in the behind when I need it. Or give me enough oomph to take the next step. Words are important, whether spoken or written.My friend Randal Wright has something in common with my mom. They both used to share the thought
Make sure your words are sweet, in case you have to eat them one day
As much as I love this advice, I’ve not always followed through. Bad idea. They’re bitter when they come back around.
So I keep learning, and trying out the old ones, and finding new ones worth borrowing. Sometimes – burrowing them deep in me.
Once we love and appreciate them, we get to carry them around in our mind and heart for as long as we need them. Or offer them to our friends and family – anyone over whom we may have influence. It’s a simple way to grow goodness in our little part of the world.
And goodness matters!