Thursday, February 2, 2012

day 2 ~ words


in the first year of college, my cousin got married in Bangalore. i was given the honour of reading out a passage from the Bible during the mass. and, the words were imprinted in memory.

"love is patient and kind;
it is not jealous or conceited or proud;
love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable;
love does  not keep a record of wrongs;
love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth.
love never gives up;
and its faith, hope and patience never fail."
- I Corinthians 13:4-7

day 2 ~ words

sometime later, during a particularly difficult phase, when i was as petulant and stubborn as the circumstances, my mother told me to replace the word love with my name and read it to myself. i don't know if it was time or a miracle, or was it that i changed or did things... 
        i still read it with my name in moments of pettiness.

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and, i learn everyday how uplifting words build confidence, how hurtful words bring tears, rash ones lead to stooped shoulders, a funny string of words bring laughter and heartfelt words touch the soul. words. they matter.

4 comments:

Srivilasica said...

Ever since you shared that with me (in 2003, was it?), I do that too. Thank you!

shilpa said...

you do!!!
oh wow! yeah, 2003 feels like so looong ago Sindhu :)

*hugs*

Shalini said...

Oh, mothers do the most amazing things don't they!

shilpa said...

they certainly do :)