The impact of a kind word

A couple of months ago, I was having a particularly stressful day.  I was ‘wound tight’ and felt like I may snap at any given moment. That’s a gross feeling.  It was taking a lot of conscious postive energy to speak patiently and kindly to my children.  This particular  day I  had to get groceries so the girls and I headed off to our local store, City Shop.  Their behavior at the store was fine but they were acting up a bit and I was feeling hyper sensitive and was trying to get them to be well behaved, respectful human beings….it’s a lot of work 🙂 It was especially a lot of work when my patience was maxed out.  Anyway, as we were shopping we kept bumping into this lovely older gentleman who reminded me of my Dad (who’s an pretty incredible individual). He was observing me interacting with my daughters and then as we were ready to leave, he made a point of stopping me and saying so sincerely “you are doing a great job”.  At that very moment, it was exactly what I needed to hear.  A little bit of encouragement, understanding and support in this world from an outsider who didn’t know shit about me. He could tell I was trying hard and my girls were benefitting from my effort.  I was thankful.

I have a theory…..if you think something nice about someone….you should tell them.  If it comes in your head say it out loud.  Be genuine and never doubt the impact your kind word can make on someone’s day or life.

Until next time!

Only joy, only love,




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I am a Canadian from Newfoundland and Labrador who has done a lot of moving around and has some pretty amazing experiences. I currently live in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada with the love of my life and partner in crime and our two beautiful and incredibly special daughters. (Totally biased but I'm cool with that). I started this blog because I wanted a space to share the people, places and things that bring me joy and give me a good laugh. Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy! Only joy, only love. Michelle xo

11 thoughts on “The impact of a kind word”

  1. One time I was shopping in my local grocery store (long ago, so probably was busy juggling job and 2 kids at the time, but I remember that I was shopping alone) and a woman came up to me and said “I just have to tell you I think you are so pretty!” I was so surprised and warmed in my heart at that comment and it totally made me feel so good! (no, people don’t come up and tell me that all the time, lol! That’s why it was so amazing) And it took courage for her to risk looking like she was crazy to say such a thing. So I agree with you, if you think something (kind), say it out loud to the person! Why not make the world a better place!!


    1. So nice and it does take courage to give a stranger a compliment. Good for her for making your day! And yes….one can keep their unkind thoughts to themselves. 🙂 The world has enough of that. Thanks for reading!


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