‘A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.’
Our words are so often like yeast yet we may give little consideration to their ‘potentially’ far reaching effects. In the same way that yeast works through dough, rumours can spread as wild fire creating havoc in the lives of others. Words can become easily distorted once shared as we have our own understanding and interpretation, building up or knocking down.
For fun, let’s look at the X Factor. Tamera Foster at the age of 16 was told from day 1 that she has the potential to be a superstar, yet during her first individual audition she forgot her words. Things went OK for a few weeks, but now that the pressure has mounted up Tamera forgot her words two weeks in a row. Tamera has been told that it’s her time to shine and everyone is waiting for a spectacular performance. At 16 this expectation appears too much resulting with the obvious- as Tamera has been told ‘don’t you dare forget your words’ (or similar by Sharon Osborne during feedback in that first audition,) that little yeast had been absorbed in her brain which ignores the negative ‘don’t,’ therefore remembering words is now a challenge. Had she been told to remember her words from day 1 something else might have gone wrong!! When we speak with people we need to focus on what we want from them and not what we don’t want, in order to achieve the desired result. Giving positive instructions is far more helpful and easier to absorb.
Praise is the positive yeast used to encourage self- belief and reward achievement. When someone tells you that they believe in you, you will try far harder to achieve because we don’t like to let others down.
The same philosophy applies to money, giving time to others or even spreading a little love . If everyone donates a little we end up with a lot.
What this short sentence helps us to realise is that little actions count and can have a huge impact on the lives of others. We could probably all do with a little more awareness regarding our words and actions to help us have a positive impact on others and the world around.