It seems like I am so often having conversations with clients or friends that include answering the question, “what should I say?” or “how do make him/her understand…?”
The words are right on the tip of your tongue? Maybe. Maybe not.
Like when you want someone to know how important they are to you but you don’t want it to sound like a line from a movie they probably saw. Or, when someone has done something for you and a simple thank you doesn’t even begin to describe how much you appreciate them. Or, when you know someone you care about is suffering and you aren’t even sure if there are even any words that would express what you want to say. If you or family member is living with a chronic condition, you know all about these moments.
We try, often with the best of intentions. But most of us aren’t poets. We’re just people who want to express ourselves to the people we love, and who sometimes fall short.
Let me start out by reassuring you that if you have those times when you aren’t sure of what to say, or if there are even words to say it, you are not alone. I’m right there with you.
Simple gestures we may not even be aware of can make our communication with each other much more meaningful. So meaningful, in fact, that they can convey a whole lot when we’re out of words.
Words can heal. But so can gestures of kindness.
I recently wrote an article on using gestures instead of words to show kindness toward the people in your life. Here’s a link:
So what about you? How do you show kindness to people you care about, and maybe even to strangers? A smile, a pat on the arm, a helping hand? Any stories to share?
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