You is kind. You is smart. You is important. ~ Aibileen Clark
I read Kathryn Stockett’s The Help long before it became a New York Times Best Seller or was featured as an Oprah’s Book Club book. Last night I rented the movie from the Red Box outside of a tiny grocery store in a little town on the Texas bayou.
My favorite part of the book was also my favorite part of the movie. It was when Aibileen said those 9 precious words to little Mae Mobley.
It made me wonder – would we be any different if we all heard those words over and over – from the time we first knew words, until the day words lost their meaning? What if someone who really meant it, said it to you, your whole life: You is kind. You is smart. You is important.
And what if you began to believe it? As I was writing, I had to stop and ask myself what my own reaction is to those 9 words. Do I see myself as kind? Reasonably. Smart? Not particularly. Important? No.
And then, an equally telling question. Do I thank others for their kindness? Do I value their wisdom? Do I make them feel important?
Words matter. Maybe we could just start with 9 and build from there. You is kind. You is smart. You is important.