Knowing What to Say

Often we are called upon to speak words that will comfort or encourage another. The one who needs such help may be burdened with grief, or he may be tormented with fear about his health or his business affairs. When such needs arise, how can we find the words equal to confronting them?

We are not likely to find those words if we accept the mortal picture of grief, illness, or trouble as real. It doesn't help at all to join in with lamentations over what appears to be an unhappy situation. Such conduct only makes one an ally of the problem. It magnifies rather than heals the difficulty.

"A penny a day"
May 25, 1968

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