I really enjoyed the movie, “The Help” when I saw it recently at the cinema with my mum.
During this last week I was just thinking about life and the challenges and blessings that continue to come into our lives. As I was pondering these things the movie “The Help” and what Aibileen Clark (played by Viola Davis) said to young Mae Mobley Leefolt (played by the Eleanor Henry and Emma Henry twins) came to my mind.
Aibileen learned early on in her career as a Nanny and housekeeper that she had a gift to empower the young children that she was looking after and responsible for each day.
“The Help” Movie
If you have seen “The Help” movie then you may already be aware of what Aibileen said to Mae Mobley.
With little Mae Mobley sitting on her lap, Aibileen, lovingly looked at this young girl and said, “You is Smart, You is Kind, You is Important!“
I got to thinking about this and the true power that these simple words have in the lives of others. I see Aibileen as a truly wise woman. She knew that each of us has the power to lift others up and to empower them to really be all that they can possibly be in life!
How powerful is this truth?
Can Our Words Empower Others?
I know that when I stop and look back over the years of my life, I see that it was during the periods when I had others who believed in me that I was really at my best.
I realize that each of us needs to come to a place where we can believe in ourselves and encourage ourselves when things become difficult or challenging, but at the same time I also believe that it begins by us having someone else believing in us and sharing their belief and encouragement with us.
In fact, I would say that I believe that most people at one time or another in their life need to have friends or family who lift them up and encourage them.
I believe that it is empowering to use words to those around us, such as what Aibileen lovingly spoke to Mae Mobley in the film.
So often life and the circumstances of life can be draining and if we are not careful then we can become discouraged and feel down or even depressed. But when we have positive people in our world, who speak words of life to us, then we can easily move past the difficult times and be an overcomer in life!
I seek to be an encourager of others and to look for qualities that I can use to empower them. When I see others struggle, I love to be able to look for the positives in the situation and to focus on these rather than the difficulties.
Is The Glass Half Full or Half Empty?
I guess the old adage about the glass being half full rather than half empty is what I am getting at here.
Each of us has things in our life that we struggle with in one form or another, but if we can learn to believe in ourselves and to believe in others then we can really live a life that empowers others.
I know that this is my main goal in life, to Empower, to Believe in, to Encourage, to Lift up others and to see them live lives of fullness and blessing to, not only themselves, but also to others.
Pay it Forward – Help Others When They Can’t Help Themselves
It is like the “Pay it Forward” concept.
Once we believe in ourselves (and also as we are learning to believe in ourselves!) we can show other people in our world that we do indeed believe in them and that they also can believe in themselves!
What a different world we would live in if each of us could find a person each day to bless, encourage and lift up!
I encourage you even today to go and find someone who you can impart life to. Find someone who you can empower with your words and actions. Find someone, just as Aibileen did in “The Help” film, and speak words of life, words such as “You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important!“
Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!
Leanne Annett <><