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!
YOU IS LOVED & ADMIRED.
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