Your Words Can Influence Someone for the Good

Lee HansenStarred Page By Lee Hansen, 11th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Read how my father’s words impacted someone for the good. He wasn’t aware of it until 75 years later. Words do matter.

A Long Long Time Ago

William and Dad have been lifelong friends even though they are now geographically separated. William was like the little brother my father never had when they were growing up in New Jersey. Several times a year they talk on the phone. On this particular day, William's friend, John was at William's house. Dad knew of John because at one time his sister liked my father. John got on the phone and told Dad how much of an impact he had been on his life. Ironically, Dad was only three years older than John.

He remembered how my father encouraged him to get a good education. And as a result of his wise counsel, John had been employed in a high-paying position until he retired. John has imparted this story to his children and grandchildren too. It was like Dad's words multiplied through John.

Education is Dad's Platform

All these years later, this is the "gospel" that my father continues to preach to young people who he is privileged to meet. Perhaps this message has become his mantra because he was not able to go to college. His continuing education took place in the fields of Europe as a WWII veteran. Even though college was not a part of his formal education he was a good student in high school where he excelled in Latin and mathematics. His tenacity to learn led him to take correspondence courses. As a result of his thirst for knowledge he became an electronics technician.

The Power of Words

John's story made me realize how powerful words can be. They can be used for building up or tearing down. Either way they can make a difference in a person's life. It makes me think of a Bible verse that says, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer" (Psalms 19:14).

Use your words wisely because you never know how a person can be changed by them. Just ask John.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons and Lee Hansen


Education, Father, Friends, The Power Of Words, Words, Words That Influence, Wwii Veteran, Young People

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author avatar Lee Hansen
As a breast cancer survivor I have learned to take time to smell the roses in life. I love sharing my passion of reading to children. My pages will be on various topics.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Words are powerful tools. The pen is mightier than the sword. Sometimes we never know the impact of our words. I'm glad for those times when we do learn the impact -- if the impact is good.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Phyl you are so right. Words are very powerful and can be positive or negative. It just depends how you use them.

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author avatar Retired
18th Sep 2014 (#)

So beautiful, Lee, and heartwarming. I've been away and look forward to catching up with reading your lovely work over the next couple of days :)

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author avatar Lee Hansen
18th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Susan for the encouragement. I will be away for about a week myself for some rest and relaxation.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Sep 2014 (#)

what profound wisdom and life insight Lee.. your pages are required reading for me...always uplifting and motivating ...many thanks Lee

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author avatar Lee Hansen
1st Oct 2014 (#)

D that is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I appreciate your consistency.

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