Her oldest son shared at the celebration of life service that he remembers vividly her final conversation with him… The lasts words she said to him were 'I love you.'Dr. Michael Brown
When we fail to share those encouraging thoughts that cross our minds, we rob others of the joy those words could have created.
We never know when the words we say will be the last words that someone hears.
Expressions of complaint and criticism come far more naturally than expressions of love and affection.
We often delay until tomorrow those conversations that could make a positive impact today.
Although most human beings talk too much, our tendency is to say too little.
Life is far too short to leave love unspoken.
Our thoughts and feelings really matter, and they are worth communicating with others.
Expressions of affirmation and appreciation should not be reserved for weddings and funerals alone.
It is better to say it unpolished today than to say it perfectly several weeks, months, or even years from now.
A kind word today may have a greater impact on tomorrow than a kind word tomorrow.
Allow the memories of words left unspoken in the past to cultivate the courage required to speak more boldly and intentionally in the present.
When sharing something verbally feels too difficult, try writing it down instead.
Write a letter, record a message, or create a video to be shared with the people you love in the case of an unexpected and premature death.
Create opportunities to pass along wisdom to those who are navigating earlier seasons of life.
In order to avoid saying, “I have felt this way for a long time,” make a practice of saying “I feel this way today.”
Express Your Appreciation
Often our kindest thoughts remain unspoken and our most encouraging words never come out of our mouths. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania spend time discussing the important and life-giving habit of vocalizing our gratitude.
Celebrate Others Often
This Memorial Day, we are reminded that we don’t need to wait for a national holiday to highlight the peace, protection, and purpose that others bring to our lives. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and clinical counselor Steve Rieske diagnose our tendency to celebrate others only occasionally and offer their insights for creating a lifestyle of affirmation and encouragement.
Don't Rush Goodbyes
Whether slipping out of a wedding reception unnoticed because the newlyweds are “too busy” or leaving for work with just a minute to spare, our pace in life often causes us to miss out on meaningful connection. This week, Dr. Justin Brown and higher education administrator Bianca Hicks reflect on professional transitions, encounters with strangers, and end-of-life conversations.