I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
(Thanks, Mary Schmich, for sharing these words in today's Chicago Tribune.)
I've been on the receiving end--left feeling devalued and ashamed, unnecessarily--and, please forgive me dear Lord, I've been on the giving end when I should have been ashamed and didn't own it until much later. Sometimes too late.
I trust that some of my words and actions have fallen on the right side of how I've made others feel, I know I've had my share of warm, fuzzy, appreciative, life-giving feelings imparted from others.