Kind words are like honey – sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)
I’ve just returned from the land of kind politeness.
This isn’t Downton Abbey polite. I’m talking about sincere, how-can-I-help-you Southern kindness. In Houston I was called ma’am as in “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am”. It wasn’t spoken in a sharp military style, but in a friendly polite manner with a bit of an accent. What a refreshing change to the indifferent “yeah” or “nope”!
Before my flight home, the Wingstop cashier at the airport said “we appreciate you” in place of the standard “have a nice day”. Wow! This fast food place appreciates my business! Have you ever heard a McDonald’s drive through attendant say that?
Perhaps it’s my pseudo-Southern Florida upbringing, but I love this way of talking to one another. It’s friendly, warm, and respectful.
One farewell phrase, however, made the biggest impact: Be blessed. Where I live we say “see ya later” or “g’bye” or “safe travels”. But I was touched every time someone said “be blessed”. How wonderful to part ways with such good wishes – almost a prayer!
Several years ago I began signing personal letters and emails with ‘Blessings’. That was a big step and a bit uncomfortable. I sometimes still go back to ‘Sincerely’ depending on who I’m communicating with. I certainly don’t say it in conversation. But be warned, I’m going to give it a try. So…
Ya’ll be blessed!
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