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Your mouth is like a bird’s feet in the snow

the bird left tracks in the snow

The bird left tracks in the snow.

You can see where the bird walked.

My shoes left tracks in the snow when I carried out the garbage, and my husband’s car left tracks in the snow as he drove out of the garage.

We left tracks in the snow.

The snow made it obvious where the bird, my husband’s car and I had traveled.

As I walked into the house from carrying out the garbage, I thought of how my words are like the birds feet. The bird left tracks in the snow, and my words leave tracks when I speak.

My teacher in eight grade left tracks when she read my story out loud in class and mocked my writing.

The team captains  made tracks  when I was always picked last in gym class.

The girls who told me I would be pretty if I wore make-up left tracks.

What  tracks do you leave when you speak?

Have your words been kind? Did you leave behind encouragement and a good feeling after you spoke? Did the person who you spoke to feel good about themselves after you walked away?

Or have your words destroyed? Did you say something unkind?

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29 NLT

My mother and father made me feel loved and valued by the words they spoke to me. My father died fifteen years ago, but I still feel his support. My mother still  encourages me. Thank you Mom for being my mom.

My teacher in college left kind tracks when he encouraged my writing.

My husband and my children leaves kind tracks  when they tell me they love me.

What tracks do you leave on your children’s heart? On your friend’s heart? Your mother-in-law’s heart? Your brother? Your sister? The grocery store clerk? Your spouse?

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.
My mother, and Thumper

What tracks will you leave today? Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.

p.s. Thank you Brianna Wasson, Shelley DuPont, and Anastacia Maness for helping me with the title.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Brianna Wasson

    Hi Pamela! I just wish I could always be mindful of my every word. And the attitude from which it comes. Thanks for this reminder. I’m sometimes good at leaving intentionally kind and gentle tracks with my words but forget the intention more often than I’d like to admit. Thanks for the great word picture, friend. Also, it was fun working together on the title. 😉

  • Loved this post. Definitely want the words I give to others are words they want to keep. Words that make them feel good about themselves. While I am sad your teacher said those words to you Pamela, I love that you had the courage and fortitude to prove her wrong. The world needs your writing. I know I do.

  • La McCoy

    Beautiful.

  • Janelle

    Trying to leave kind tracks. And trying to ask forgiveness when I don’t.

  • The only difference between the two is tracks in the snow melt and fade. The ones impressed on hearts stay forever, they just melt into the past. Thank you for reminding us to carefully choose our words. Say this one. No don’t say that one. Don’t even think it.

    P.S. I still can’t believe that a teacher would have done that to you. Thank goodness for your college teacher to recognize your talent and give you that encouragement.

    • Shelley,
      Thank you for pointing out the difference between the tracks in the snow and our words.
      I am grateful for the teacher that encouraged me. The words you spoke as a teacher to your students were kind tracks Shelley. You made a difference to them. 🙂