Words are Powerful Things

Last week I did something I have not done in a long time — I ran more than 20 miles.

However, the most memorable thing about the week was not reaching that goal, but rather the kind words of a stranger.

In April of this year, I weighed close to 290 pounds. As of the writing of this post, I am 4 lbs away from 249. For reference, my weight goal is 225 by the end of this year.

About a mile into my run on Friday, a ran past a father waiting with his daughter to get on the bus to go to school.

As I passed, the gentlemen said, “Wow! You have a lost a lot of weight. The last time I saw you running a couple of months ago you were big.”

I smiled, said thank you, and kept running.

His words stuck with me and fueled my run. I ran the fastest 5 miles I have run in a long time and logged my first sub 9-minute mile in years.

The impact of well-timed words cannot be overstated.

Whether spoken out loud to another person or the thoughts rattling around in our head, words are powerful things and can uplift or tear down.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. -Mother Teresa

Carefully consider your words before you speak because they will make a difference. The words you choose and tone with which they are delivered will determine whether the impact will be good or bad.