Your words matter. Written, spoken, texts, no matter what form they take, they all matter. The power of a kind word when your heart is hurting is immeasurable.
We’ve experienced two serious hospitalizations with James. Throughout each of them we felt an amazing outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and even strangers. I promise you that each and every message, text, and phone call we received was met with a smile. They provided a moment to exhale, to let go of the fear and worry for just a second, and feel love. It truly does give strength and comfort beyond belief to know someone cares and you aren’t alone.
I don’t always know what to say or what to do when someone I love is hurting. I’ve been guilty of saying nothing at times. The fear of saying the wrong thing and making things worse is very real. Through this experience I’ve learned no matter what it is, do something, say something. Because when nothing is said, that is noticed too.
It isn’t always easy. Words can seem empty or hollow as we figure out what to say in a tough situation. They fail at times to convey our true feelings. They are, after all, just words. It’s the person behind the words that gives them meaning. The person who took the time to say, “I’m thinking of you today,” that put a smile on my face. It’s you, your thought, your time, your words that strengthen, give comfort, and provide hope when we need it most. Words matter because they come from you.
I can’t tell you how many times I received a message exactly when I needed it most. A quick note that gave me a moment of peace. Hospital stays are tough, days are long, smiles aren’t always easy. Don’t underestimate the power of a few kind words to a hurting heart. They matter. They make you feel loved. And when you feel loved you can get through just about anything.