I think sometimes we forget the power our words hold and the effect they can have on others. We don’t think before we speak and perhaps without even meaning to, we hurt people with the things we say and with the tone of our voice.
Life is challenging and so often, the nuisances and stresses of daily living can get to us. We can easily feel worn down, dejected and frustrated and its at these times that we often lash out at people, even the ones we love most.
This wonderful story from a Facebook post is beautiful because it takes a very important message and reminder and tells it in a simple way that we can all relate to. Please take time to read and absorb the message in “burnt toast…”
When I was about eight or nine, my mom burnt some toast.
One night that stood out in my mind is when she had made dinner for us after a very long and rough day at work, She placed a plate of jam and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. Not slightly burnt but completely blackened toast.
I was just waiting to see if anyone noticed the burnt toast and would say anything. But Dad just ate his toast and asked me if I did my homework and how my day was. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember hearing my mom apologizing to dad for burning the toast. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Sweetie, I love burned toast.”
Later that night, I went to tell my dad good night and ask him if he really liked his toast burned. He put his arm on my shoulder and said,
“Your momma put in a very long day at work today and she was very tired. And besides, A burnt toast never hurts anyone but you know what does? Harsh words!”
Then he continued to say “You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like every other human. What I’ve learned over the years, is that learning to accept each others faults and choosing to celebrate each others differences, is one of the most important keys for creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. Life is too short to wake up with regrets. Love the people who treat you right and have compassion for the ones who don’t.”
Enjoy Life Now and Praise God!
The reason this story is so important is because it reminds us that we shouldn’t let the stresses of the outside world spill into our life — that we should always treasure what and who we have. This line in particular resonates with me: “Love the people who treat you right and have compassion for the ones who don’t.” What a beautiful sentiment.
So today, remind yourself that yes, life can be stressful, but that stress should never spill out onto the ones you love, nor should it dampen your own mood or outlook. Be thankful, give love, have compassion and always have your priorities straight.
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