What Words Can Do - Happiness Vlog

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You never know if what you say will shape someone’s life.

When I was in college, I went on stage for the first time, to emcee a talent night. I loved the experience but was so nervous I made so many mistakes.

At the end of he night, Mr. Terry Boucher, who was the Director of the program, came to congratulate me on a job well done, but I was sure that he was just being nice and I started pointing out all the mistakes I made.

And I remember very clearly, to this day, the words he said. He said, “Xandria, it doesn’t matter that you drop the ball. It’s how you pick it up that matters. And you picked up the ball well.”

That was 15 years ago, and that one sentence has given me so much confidence to dare to try, to not allow self-consciousness and fear of people’s judgement to stop me from doing something.

We often think that it’s the deep advice or grand speeches that will inspire us, but really it’s the most simple words - words that someone said casually or almost in passing - that can resonate with us so deeply that it shapes our life.

This brings about the awareness of how what we say to someone, even in our everyday life - a word of encouragement or a compliment, can have an impact on how they feel about themselves.

This is why it’s so important to never put someone down, even if you think it’s harmless, that it’s just a joke, that it’s just a comment on their post, that it’s just your opinion and they shouldn’t be affected… because you just never know how your words will shape someone’s life.

A person can be going down a path, but sometimes, what you said resonated so strongly or affected them so deeply that their trajectory in life changes.

Choose to empower with your words, not destroy, and you’ll find that it also helps you to be happy, always.

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