A long time ago, I had written about 7 words that changed my life. As years passed, I realised though these words did change my life at that particular time of my life, it didnt last long. But there were a string of words that did change my life very many times and helped me during my weakest times. Yes,it was said by different people but it gave me a much needed push during those times. That’s why I thought of writing about it. It helped me overcome, what if it helps someone else too.
Let me begin by narrating a personal story. A friend of mine just started driving her car. And though she had taken driving lessons several times in her life, had a valid driver’s license, was certified by the driving school as a competent & cautious driver; and also understood the theory of car driving..
There was ONE BIG ISSUE – She still lacked confidence to drive through busy traffic-intesive zones in the area.
So here’s what she did when she drove her car:
1) Drove at times of the day when the traffic would be minimum – And she’d get into elaborate planning to achieve this! Even sometimes if it was impractical or inconvenient to her and others!
2) Took routes where she could avoid / minimize the peak traffic – Even if they were longer and hence took more time and fuel!
3) Take someone along with her in the car (who knew driving). And when she felt uncomfortable with driving through areas with heavy traffic, she’d stop the car and ask him / her to drive. And they’d usually oblige!
And then one day, she was driving in her car at a peak traffic time along with her husband. Just before she was about to hit a very busy junction, she requested him to take charge and drive the car.
Just when she was about to stop, he said “Go On! Drive through..I am right here.. If anything happens, we’ll face it… ”
What followed was that she did drive through one of the busiest junctions in the area amidst peak traffic!
A small personal triumph – Nevertheless, it did wonders to her self-confidence in her driving abilities..
As I mulled over this, I realized that what stood out from this whole episode was the fact that she heard the words “Go On!..I am right here.. If anything happens, we’ll face it... ” at the time when she needed to hear it the MOST! At a time when it really made a DIFFERENCE!
And I can tell you from personal experience that there is MAGIC in these words… I know I have been in situations where I probably took the MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN MY LIFE simply because someone said “Go On!..I am right here.. If anything happens, we’ll face it… ” It was either my dad, my best friends,someone who was standing by me when I was struggling or just myself!
And in the journey of life, there will be one / many situations when all that is required is someone to say these MAGICAL words to you.. It does not matter who says it – Friends, Family, Colleague, Stranger, etc.It does not matter the medium through which they say it – Phone, Mail, Face to Face, etc.
What really does matter is the conviction with which they say it, the time at which they say it.
Say it early and it does not have the REAL IMPACT!Say it late and the MOMENT is GONE!
I have had real tough times in my life. Times when making a decision was the hardest thing to do. In all these times, these 11 words uttered by people who didnt even know the impact of these words have made me stand up and live life without a fear. I know i have passed on the magic of these words to atleast a few people. Have you?