Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing numerous events for Presbyterian Hospital including ribbon cuttings, dinners and many other special events. Byron Bullard was administrator for the hospital during most of this time. At the beginning of each event he would address the crowd with the same remarks, “There’s no other place I would rather be than here with you today.”

I was impressed the first time I heard Mr. Bullard’s words. After a few times, though, I thought it was a bunch of baloney. I knew the people hearing this knew he wasn’t sincere. But the more I heard him and watched the responses, the more I realized people wanted to believe Mr. Bullard and that he really did want to be with them. The more he said it, the more he was endeared to the groups he was speaking to.

I discussed this recently with my friend, Keith. He commented that Mr. Bullard said it so much that he probably believed it himself.

Thus, the power of affirmation. Tell someone they are special. And if you tell them enough, they will begin to believe it.  And even if it started out merely as words, the more you spread affirmations, the more you  genuinely believe the things you are saying. They become “truths” revealed.

Keith understands the importance of this principle. He goes out of his way to greet those around him whether he knows them or not, and strives to make  them feel special.

People need to know they are special. Affirming people is a demonstration of godliness. He created them in His image. They are indeed special to Him.

Tell your wife or loved ones constantly that you love them. They will feel loved and your love will grow as a result of your words.

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