That “One Little Thing” You’ve Been Meaning to Say? Say It
It's amazing how a few words can sometimes really impact someone's day.
Posted May 24, 2020
Ping. A new email. Whoa. Haven’t heard from her in… gosh, years.
It was a former client writing to share a “life update” with me. She was emailing, out of the blue, to tell me what’s been happening in her world since we wrapped up our counseling work together.
“Suzanne: So much has changed for me. I barely even recognize the person I used to be. There’s one thing you said, in particular, that still rings in my ears, even years later. You’re still with me every day.”
She went on to tell me that “one thing” that I said. The “thing” that still rings in her ears.
My eyes welled with tears.
My former client didn’t know it, but her email reached me at the perfect time.
I was having a low energy moment, feeling a bit distracted and listless in the steamy, muggy island heat, and… zing! Her kind, unexpected note lit me up like a firecracker. Thanks to her email, I felt supercharged for the rest of my day.
“There’s one thing you said, in particular, that still rings in my ears, even years later.…”
That’s what she’d told me. The funny thing? That “one thing” that I said to her? I totally do not remember saying it. It was just a “sentence” to me. Sincere but ordinary. Insightful but unremarkable. An important part of a regular counseling session. But no big deal, really… to me. But to her? It meant so much. My words helped to unlock something within her. That “one little thing” that I said… turned out to be quite a big deal.
And her “one little email” to me? That was a big deal, so to speak, too.
That’s the miraculous power of words.
Sometimes, it’s the smallest thing… the simplest sentence… one tiny expression of encouragement and support… or just a quick thoughtful email out of the blue… that can really impact someone’s day.
Who have you been meaning to reach out to lately? Reach out. Do it.
What’s that “one little thing” you’ve been meaning to say? Say it.
You just never know.
That “one little thing” could make all the difference in the world.
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Contact your qualified provider before implementing or modifying any personal growth or wellness program or technique, and with questions about your well-being.
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