“If you have the words…”

There was a note on the bathroom mirror in the building where I presented on Friday:

When I saw this little sign–fourteen simple words, yet a profound message–I went to get my phone to take this picture. I wonder, how many people have read this sign? How many left the room feeling better than when they walked in? What inspired its author to write and post these words?

Whatever the answers, yet again, I was reminded of the power of words. Seamus Heaney once said, “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you’ll find the way.” Whether Nobel Prize winning poetry, a memoir, a novel, a hand-written note of encouragement to a friend, or a message on a bathroom mirror, words matter.

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