"A Few Seconds That Last Forever" From Kindness: Making a Difference in People's Lives: Formulas, stories, and insights By Zelig Pliskin Printed WITH PERMISSION of Shaar Press
A kind word can last forever. An encouraging word can be the foundation upon which many constructive years will be established. Enhancing the self-image of a child with a brief but powerful comment can create a magnificent human being. Words that inspire function like the fuel that enables the rocket to fly high and far. Will every kind word be remembered? Not always consciously. But it’s there in one’s subconscious. The recipient of that kind word is likely to pass it on to others. So your words of kindness can be like an eternal chain or a perpetual motion machine. It might take you a few seconds to encourage someone who is about to give up. That person has the potential to have a major impact on many lives. Those accomplishments might not have happened if not for your words of encouragement.
When your words are intended to uplift, to encourage, to influence, to motivate, to inspire, be aware that what you say can endure for many years. The ensuing benefits can help multitudes of individuals and families for many generations. Your words are powerful. Use them wisely.
The founder of a major approach to spiritual growth and self-development attributed all he accomplished in life to one sentence he heard from a luminary of his generation. Everyone reading this and similar works are among the many others who are the heirs to the spiritual benefits of that original one sentence. One of my students told me, "I have a friend who was not using his full potential in school. His teacher convinced his parents to send him to a school that was more conducive for using his potential. That ten minute conversation led to his succeeding beyond his parents wildest dreams."
As I was writing this book, a neighbor told me, "Recently someone came over to me and reminded me that I gave him encouragement when he was going through a major crisis. He had serious thoughts of ending his life. My friendly care and concern gave him the strength not to do anything drastic. That was over twenty years ago. He is forever grateful for the life that I enabled him to live."