A woman prepares her 11-yr-old daughter for middle school with a life changing lesson using just a tube of toothpaste.
As Amy Beth Gardner prepared her 11-year-old daughter for middle school, she also chose to teach a lesson on the power of her words which would last long after the new backpack and school uniform she got her, are gone.
The mum who hails from Cleveland, Tennessee, shared a photo of the toothpaste tube with all the paste inside squirted into a plate, and wrote:
"My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We've decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like "But I can't!" and "It won't be like it was before!" I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following:
"You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others. You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice; I can think of three times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can't take them back. Use your words carefully, Breonna. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness."
Mrs Gardner's post has now been shared on the social medium over 600,000 times as people from around the world are moved not just by her words of wisdom but the method with which she passed an important message across.