Some of the most significant messages people deliver to one another often come in just three words. When spoken or conveyed, those statements have the power to forge new friendships, deepen old ones and restore relationships that have cooled. The following three-word phrases can enrich every relationship.
I’LL BE THERE - Being there for another person is the greatest gift we can give. When we are truly present for other people, important things happen to them and to us. We are renewed in love and friendship. We are restored emotionally and spiritually. ’Being there’ is at the very core of civility.
I MISS YOU - Perhaps more relationships could be salvaged and strengthened if people simply and sincerely said to each other, ”I miss you.” This powerful affirmation tells another they are wanted, needed and loved.
I RESPECT YOU - Respect is another way of showing love. Respect conveys the feeling that another person is a true equal.
MAYBE YOU’RE RIGHT - This phrase is highly effective in diffusing an argument and restoring frayed emotions. The flip side of ”maybe you’re right” is the humility of admitting ”maybe I’m wrong.”
PLEASE FORGIVE ME –The world would be a better place if people would admit their mistakes and ask for forgiveness. All of us are vulnerable to faults, foibles and failures. No one should ever be ashamed to say they are wrong.
I THANK YOU - Gratitude is an exquisite form of courtesy. People who enjoy the companionship of good, close friends are those who don’t take daily courtesies for granted. They are quick to thank their friends for their many expressions of kindness. On the other hand, people whose circle of friends is severely constricted often do not have the attitude of gratitude.
COUNT ON ME - ”A friend is one who walks in when others walk out,” Loyalty is an essential ingredient for true friendship; it is the emotional glue that bonds people. Those who are rich in their relationships tend to be steady and true friends. When troubles come, a good friend is there, indicating ”you can count on me.”
GO FOR IT - Some of your friends may be non-conformists, have unique projects and unusual hobbies. Support them in pursuing their interests. Rather than urging your loved ones to conform, encourage their uniqueness-everyone has dreams that no one else has.
The 3 little words that you were expecting should be reserved for those who are special; I LOVE YOU.