Our Words Matter

Words Matter | Wonderfully Made

Jack had just turned three when I took him to the pediatrician for his annual check up, a few months prior to receiving his autism diagnosis.

The days were long and the nights were short and I remember tired eyes meeting mine when I looked in the mirror.

While we waited for the doctor, a nurse came in to take Jack’s vitals. As I coaxed Jack through the process, she looked at me and asked, “Are you a teacher?”

When I told her no, she said, “Really? You’ve missed your calling. When your children get a little older, you should really consider becoming a teacher.”

I was blown away by such kind words from a complete stranger. Did she know how much I needed to hear them?

Three years later, this September, I walked into my first class as a graduate student, studying to become a special education teacher. And when I look in the mirror I no longer see someone who is exhausted, but, rather, exhilarated.

Our words matter, friends.

They have the power to hurt and the power to heal. Let’s choose to heal. Let’s choose to encourage others around us. To be kind and loving and open to the Voice in our hearts that says Love one another as I have loved you.

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Beth P Brown

Katie, So excited for you! And so very excited to be reading your words again! Love, Beth

    Evanthia

    Isn’t that so special, when someone says something that touches you so deeply. I often wish I could go back in time and thank those people!! Good for you for following your calling. Proud of you!

      Katie

      Yes! Oh Evie I so wish the same thing! To reach back in time and tell people that they touched my soul profoundly. To all the dear souls who touch others with a kind gesture or a word of encouragement – thank you!

    Katie

    Sweet Beth, thank you! One day this summer, you and I were sitting at the playground talking about life as we do, and you said something that made me say out loud for the first time “I’m considering going back to school to become a teacher.” Thank you for letting me realize this dream out loud. Your words – and listening ears – matter!

Lynnette

So true, friend. Words do matter! I’m so glad you found your calling as a teacher…and your voice to share words of inspiration with us!

    Katie

    So thankful for your friendship, Lynnette. Your words matter!