speak with good purpose…

An old blind man was sitting on a busy street corner begging for money. On a cardboard sign, next to an empty tin cup, he had written: Blind – Please help. No one was giving him any money.

A young advertising writer walked past and saw the blind man with his sign and an empty cup, and also saw the many people passing by completely unmoved, let alone stopping to give money. The advertising writer took a thick marker-pen from her pocket, turned the cardboard sheet back-to-front, and re-wrote the sign, then went away. Immediately, people began putting money into the tin cup.

After a while, when the cup was overflowing, the blind man asked a stranger to tell him what the sign now said. “It says,” said the stranger, “It’s a beautiful day. You can see it I cannot.”

We often waste our words without paying attention to what effects they may produce. Words are to be used to build up our lives, to bring good, to bring us closer to one another, to unite us. A good word comes from a good heart Our words should bring light and joy in the midst of selfishness and enmity that we see around us. A good word comes from a good heart, and a good heart beats only in a good person.