The kind word does more than make
someone feel better. It makes them better.
Encouraging words are earthly magic, able
to be performed by any of blood and bone.
Instead of pulling plump pink rabbits
and bouquets of daisies out of some hat,
saying hi or nice job or I like you so much
sneaks dignity into the invisible stetsons
we all wear atop our souls. The spell is
cast complete when on some humbug day
as we twiddle our thumbs waiting, we
suddenly sit up straighter, curious at the
show before us and how we got in for free.

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  1. mike graves on September 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    hey john, enjoyed that corny deep column
    I told some rather portly and plain women going in walmart yesterday that they smelled so good i hoped it rubbed off on me.i thought they’s gonna pay my bill.so even an ignernt arkie can make someones day

  2. Developing A New Image on September 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Sometimes my stetson is on backwards, thanks for telling me…..en theos…jim

  3. Cherry Odelberg on September 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Words of kindness, affirmation or praise are so important – especially to a writer whose love language IS words.

  4. Sallie on September 17, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Yes and yes. The echoing power of word, of Word. Thanks for being one who knows the power of those words, while so freely giving them away. It makes the giving away quite holy.

  5. Susan Irene Fox on September 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Like a starry sky on a country night or an unexpected belly-laugh from a child, sometimes we are privileged to see and hear things we think we don’t think we deserve to receive, yet are food for our souls. Thank you – your words are a great reminder of the power we have in our return offering.

  6. nancy on September 17, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Proverbs 12:25

  7. pastordt on September 17, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Yea and amen. Thanks for the reminder.

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