By Helen Knueven
While I was doing some major organization in my office, I ran across an unmailed card. It was addressed to my sister eight years ago. Way too late to mail since she passed away about seven years ago.
“How did I luck out and get you for such a great sister and friend? Thanks so much for listening to me the other day! Thanks for being you – that’s all you need to be!”
Tears welled up in me as I realized I never really said this to her. I hope that she knew while she was here how special she was to me!
Why do I find it a huge challenge to have before me all at the same time: a card, a pen, an updated address book and a stamp?
Hours later as I was still organizing I found another card meant to be mailed to my mother-in-law. I remembered how I spent hours wording and rewording it. And here it lay unopened and unmailed!
Part of the card said, “After 40 years of marriage – you and Dad still light up the room! Thanks for showing me what it means to ‘share your love’ with others. You sure do! We are so lucky!”
It was just another Hallmark card that never fulfilled it’s purpose! Mom has also passed away and I had not communicated my heart feelings to her.
I guess I would like to communicate one thing now while I have the chance: If it’s worth saying, say it now!
I have to believe that we say things with our lives that are never verbalized and are still felt. But is there someone you appreciate far more than they realize? Let them know in some way while you have the chance. Maybe it’s a good friend that listens to you at critical times. You won’t regret it and they won’t forget it.
The truth is most people hear more discouraging words than they do encouraging ones. Even so, the power of one encouraging word is so impacting.
If you think I’m exaggerating, think back. Can you remember an encouraging word someone said to you years ago? Opportunites are time-sensitive, but when we take advantage of them, they can have lasting effects.