I did a little fact checking on this- the average person (man or woman) speaks about sixteen thousand words a day- most are trivial- most are forgotten.
Which brings me to this thank-you card I got from a twenty-two- year-old friend of the family.
I found out that he was going to celebrate his birthday the other night, and I gave a dollar bill to his brother to present as a semi-gag birthday gift. (it’s a pretty good idea. I get a lot of mileage out of doing it and recommend it for people you know 🙂 )
Anyway, he sent me this thank-you card, the joke coming back full circle I thought with a smile.
Inside though, he wrote an additional sentence that surprised me:
“I remember you saying ‘If you pray for patience, do you think that God automatically gives you more patience, or do you think He gives you more opportunity to be patient?’”
1-Although I believe in its’ sentiment- I have absolutely no memory of ever saying that to anyone.
2- This friend has been waiting, waiting, waiting to find out about grad school opportunities, and I’m sure has thought about what I (apparently) said.
So that makes me wonder just what good, or bad, I’ve done with my sixteen thousand words per day, what actions I have shaped without any of my knowledge?
I should probably think about this card before I open my big fat mouth: these words are pretty powerful.