I had a get together with a friend of mine the other day. Just as we were laughing and catching up, a familiar face came to say hi to us. It was a guy that we used to go to school with. After saying hi, he looked at my friend and commented how she looks like she's really gained a few pounds since the last time he ran in to her. Oh boys, they are just so insensitive! My friend smiled, but deep down I know she felt bad. She just shrugged it off, but later she was asking me if she really did look like she gained weight. She was also telling me how hard she has been working out at the gym and that she's even skipping meals. Poor thing.
Lesson of the story. Be careful of what you say to others, it might not mean anything to you but it could mean the world to someone else. As much as possible, I like to build people up, there's too much negativity in this world and sometimes an encouraging word or a show of appreciation really does go a long way.