A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. – William Hazlitt

Jim Kok says, “A friend of mine arrived at church early for a meeting, so she sat in her car listening to the radio.  Someone pulled in and parked next to her.  My friend turned and smiled.  A few minutes later there was a knock on her window.  It was the person she’d smiled at.  ‘Thank you for smiling,’ she said.  ‘I’ve had some very bad news today, and your smile just lifted my spirits.’  Yes, a smile can work wonders.”

After two strokes, my mother said to the doctor, “I don’t know why God didn’t just let me die?”  The doctor replied immediately, “Must be He still has work for you to do.”  My mom replied, “I can’t imagine what that would be.  I’m no good for anything!”  The doctor said, “It’s your smile.  When I walked into this room you smiled the most loving, beautiful smile.  I think people right here in this nursing home need your smile.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia

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Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.