Wise words: You is loved & admired

From: chasingchi.blogspot.com

There’s a powerful scene in The Help where Aibileen repeats an upbuilding mantra to little Mae. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important,” she says.

While I haven’t actually seen the movie (I’ve been meaning to for a while now), I’ve been told about this scene often enough for the words to be familiar.

However, today they became part of my heart-collection: those pieces of advice, compliments, words of encouragement and blessings that I treasure and never want to misplace.

Today my wise and talented mother sent me a personalised version of the mantra, one dedicated just to me. I got it via SMS while sitting at my work desk and just about had to bury my head in the keyboard so as not to be caught with unexpected brimming eyes.

Anyway, I’d like to share it with you, because powerful words of affirmation, like these, need to be paid forward.

We all need to hear them spoken over us, so consider this my speaking it over you.

Hope it touches all your beautiful hearts and eyes, like it did mine:

You is smart.

You is clever.

You is kind. 

You is beautiful.

You is way, way too modest.

Stand up and be counted!

Stand up and be heard!


I was immediately also reminded of a quote doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter yesterday:

“There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela

Good advice

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And just as my heart started sinking for all kinds of silly reasons they came to light with some good advice… as parents always do.

Never give in to the temptation of feeling sorry for yourself, my Mom said, because that won’t make things better.

And my Dad… my Dad gave me a quote that he had heard in the previous Sunday’s sermon: “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”

An almost childlike formulation penned by a jovial journalist and writer by the name of G.K. Chesterton. A phrase that has no element of cool. A phrase that will have cynics in fits, fools in stitches and philosophers in pain.

But it’s a phrase that has a simple and perfect ring to it that I have really come to like. And now, every time my lip starts to pout, those very words spring to mind… now that is good advice.

After all, “Being cheerful keeps you healthy, it is slow death to be gloomy all the time.” Proverbs 17:22