Just a few words carefully and intentionally chosen by her parents and now poetry is Sarah Kay's life work as she writes and teaches.
Then there were the words of a doctor speaking on palliative care who said when we are facing our dying time there are only 11 words that matter: “Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. I love you.”
Then there was the luscious bouquet of fresh flowers with a card that only had two words on it.
We underestimate the impact our words have on others.
Perhaps you would like to join me in giving more thought to how I listen and the words I choose when I speak. They matter.
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at email@example.com.