InspirEmail No 58 - April 26, 2005
'Inspirational messages to refresh the spirit and boost the emotional bank account'

You Are Wonderful!

A famous singer had been contracted to sing, and ticket sales were booming. In fact, the night of the concert found the house packed and every ticket sold. The feeling of anticipation and excitement was in the air as the house manager took the stage and said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support. I am afraid that due to illness, the lady whom you've all come to hear will not be performing tonight. However, we have found a suitable substitute we hope will provide you with comparable entertainment.'

The crowd groaned in disappointment and failed to hear the announcer mention the stand-in's name. The environment turned from excitement to frustration. The stand-in performer gave the performance everything she had. When she had finished, there was nothing but an uncomfortable silence. No one applauded. Suddenly, from the balcony, a little boy stood up and shouted, 'Mummy, I think you are wonderful!'

The crowd broke into thunderous applause. We all need people in our lives who are willing to stand up once in a while and say, 'I think you are wonderful.'

Author Unknown

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Listen Louder

A man realised he needed to purchase a hearing aid, but he felt unwilling to spend much money. 'How much do they run?' he asked the clerk.

'That depends,' said the salesman. 'They run from $2.00 to $2,000.'

'Let's see the $2.00 model,' he said.

The clerk put the device around the man's neck. 'You just stick this button in your ear and run this little string down to your pocket,' he instructed.

'How does it work?' the customer asked.

'For $2.00 - it doesn't work,' the salesman replied. 'But when people see it on you, they'll talk louder!'

As you know, our communication problems are not due to people talking too softly. Unfortunately, we are not always good listeners. Do you know that people will pay hundreds of dollars an hour for no other reason than to have someone listen to them? Psychologist Carl Rogers said, 'A person's real need, a most terrible need, is for someone to listen. . . not as a 'patient' but as a human soul.'

To listen well is to respond to a great human yearning. One small child put it like this:

'I'll try to listen louder.' What could happen if you 'listened louder' today?

Written by Steve Goodier

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