I was moved recently by three powerful words. They seemed so powerful to me that I decided to check out whether others were also so struck by these words. The obvious route for researching this today is the Internet. So I Googled “Three Most Powerful Words” and was surprised at what surfaced.
The first site offered, “I Forgive You” which I can understand would seem very powerful but was not what I had in mind.
The second site suggested, “You’re not alone” which is good but also not what I was looking to find.
I then came across a book titled “The Three Most Powerful Words” but the subtitle, “Discovering the Freedom of Releasing the Ones Who Hurt Us,” also suggested something different than what I had in mind.
The fourth site advised, “Just be yourself,” which also was not what I was after. It did add in an off-handed way, “Apart from “I love you”, and maybe “pass the chips” is there any more often spoken, three-word phrase in the English language?” They had it but not with the degree of seriousness I was seeking. Hint… it was not “pass the chips.”
The fifth site offered all of the following in the order I am presenting them:
I’ll Be There
I Miss You
I Respect You / I Trust You
Maybe You’re Right
Please Forgive Me
I Thank You
Count On Me
Let Me Help
Go For It
And finally what I was looking for:
I Love You
I was surprised because these three words mean so much to me. I lost my dear wife, Ellen, about one and half years ago and am still pained by the loss. In going over documents that were left, I come periodically on a note to me that she signed, “I love you, Al.” I am all at once joyful in the remembrance of what we had together and cannot hold back the tears from what I lost.
I hope you similarly have someone in your life who says, “I love you,” and I hope you appreciate this wonderful gift.