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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Kind Words

I have been the recipient of kind words this week, and I am grateful.  It has been a long, stressful week at work for a variety of reasons, so on Wednesday night I was happy to spend the evening with wonderful friends and neighbors at our church's Relief Society Women's organization.   The program was a series of thoughts from different neighbor ladies on what love means to them, but the biggest kindness was after the program when a dear older sister blessed me with a hug and a compliment.  This was not the ordinary "you look nice tonight"  type of comment, though I do appreciate those comments too.   This was a very heart-felt comment about a characteristic that I have often heard used to describe my dear parents, whom are perhaps my greatest examples and mentors, and something I continually strive to develop and emulate in my own life.   These kind words have brought me peace as I have continued throughout the stressful week. 

I was also complimented at work, during this same stressful week, not just once, but several times by different co-workers and even those at higher levels.  These compliments were not quite as soul touching and peace bringing, but still mean a lot to me during this stressful time.

Yes, the kind words we give can be blessings to others.   How am I doing at sharing kind words of gratitude and sincere encouragement and love to others?

Let Us Oft Speak Kind Words

 Let us oft speak kind words to each othe
At home or where'er we may be;
Like the warblings of birds on the heather,
The tones will be welcome and free.
They'll gladden the heart that's repining,
Give courage and hope from above,
And where the dark clouds hide the shining,
Let in the bright sunlight of love.

Oh, the kind words we give shall in memory live
And sunshine forever impart.
Let us oft speak kind words to each other;
Kind words are sweet tones of the heart.

Like the sunbeams of morn on the mountains,
The soul they awake to good cheer;
Like the murmur of cool, pleasant fountains,
They fall in sweet cadences near.
Let's oft, then, in kindly toned voices,
Our mutual friendship renew,
Till heart meets with heart and rejoices
In friendship that ever is true.

Oh, the kind words we give shall in memory live
And sunshine forever impart.
Let us oft speak kind words to each other;
Kind words are sweet tones of the heart.

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942
Music: Ebenezer Beesley, 1840-1906

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