Once upon a time, I was a little girl, and that little girl was taught a few very important things about this special time of year.
1. That is it better to give than receive.
2. That you can’t always get what you want.
3. If you ship it (early enough), it will come.
But the most important lesson of all?
4. Some words are magic.
Now, we all know some magic words; abracadabra, open sesame and Shazam! But, I’m talking about those really, really magical words. Those special words that show you care. Those simple words that can, literally, open doors for you. But what are those words?
Those magical, wonderful words are: thank you, please and I’m sorry. Now, I know I say these words all day long, without much fuss. I know I do, I apologize for bumping into strangers. I thank people for holding the door for me. I smile and say please to the grumpy barista to get my double toffee coffee. I use these words a lot in my daily life, but that I’d forgotten is, that magic takes practice. A magician can’t just pull a rabbit out of a hat. And I can’t just throw these words around, expecting their magic to be full of wonder. So, I’ve come up with a few suggestions on how to practice your magic.
I’m Sorry: This word is best practiced with direct eye contact and depending on your level of intimacy, a kind touch. Uses: Whenever you arrive late, spill or break something that does not belong to you, bump into someone, or cause general discomfort in another. Applied to all friend, stranger and foe.
Please: This word can be a question, though pairs best with with “Would you,” or “Yes!”. Uses: Often as a sweetener, this magic word can help you obtain your goal, at least the immediate outcome.
Thank You: A smile is always welcome while practicing this word. Uses: When someone has done something for you. Anything. Large and small gestures, physical exertions, every kindness should be rewarded with these words. Thank you is the best way to encourage people to continue doing kinder things throughout their day. I believe it to be the strongest magic word of all.
But the strongest magic of all? Is the power we give these words. So, please apply your new found magic across the gauntlet of humanity. And thank you for reading.