History has recorded many powerful words.
“I have a dream…”
“Ask not what your country can do for you…”
“…all men are created equal.”
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
My American bias is showing with these examples but you get the idea.
You may never say such meaningful words at such monumental times but you can say a few words every day that will change your life. I am convinced that if you practice these two word phrases, you will see a drastic difference in your relationships.
1. “Me too”
It’s easy to hear someone share a personal thought or emotion and try to empathize. But nothing communicates “I hear you” like the words “me too.” Only use these words if you honestly mean them because they are powerful. Nothing will bond you more with a person than when you admit you have the same struggle.
2. “If only”
These two words immediately bring up some negative connotations with many of us. We all have regrets and we shouldn’t dwell on how things could’ve been. But, I’m asking you to use them differently. Dr. Viktor Frankl proposes a mental trick to help us assess what is really important. Ask yourself each morning…“If only, I could live today over again, what would I do differently? These words will define your day; you won’t have to ask the question later that night.
3. “I’m sorry”
These two words are so powerful that lives can be changed forever. But, many people seem incapable of even saying them, much less meaning it.The well-adjusted people in the world know when to admit they are wrong.These people succeed more, raise well-adjusted children and do great acts of service.
4. “In Christ”
If you aren’t a Christian you may think these two words don’t matter. But “in Christ” people are redeemed, relationships are reconciled, joy is renewed, hope is reimagined, life is rediscovered, peace is returned, trust is restored and love is redefined.
I hope many of you will practice using these short phrases, because I believe they can make your life better.
But, most of all, for every single one of you, I hope you find yourself “In Christ.”
Written by Tom Wise © Finding Wonder 2013