Positive Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
Some words stick more than others. However, for the most part I agree with this quote. I do tend to remember the feelings associated with the memory versus the words.
One doesn’t know what words, actions, or feelings will be remembered while the event is happening. It is only afterwards that we look back and decide if it was a good memory to keep and file away.
Have you ever heard the saying that something is out of the mouths of babes? This quote makes me think of an example of that and how it relates.
I was living in NC at the time and engaged to be married. My children had gotten over the shyness and were completely themselves around my fiancé (yes, truly themselves, fights and all).
Well one day we were having dinner at Red Robin after seeing the circus. After dinner both kids got a balloon from the hostess. My daughter savored hers and kept it with her for awhile. My son, he wanted to let it go into the sky as soon as we left the restaurant and got to the car.
My fiancé and I thought we were helping and tried to get him to keep the balloon. That is until he stopped us cold and said “sometimes you have to let things go to have fun”. It hit on so many levels. In his mind, the fun part wasn’t receiving the balloon (words) or keeping the balloon (actions) it was letting the balloon go and watching it fly up into the sky until you couldn’t see it anymore (feeling). That feeling stuck with him for days and months later he still remembered the joy of seeing the balloon as a dot.
What do you think?
As for me, I’ll continue to work on being cognizant of how my words and actions may impact others. I’ll slip from time to time, yet I’ll keep working on it.
I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.