I totally agree with the quote above. It’s one of the reasons I love Wednesday Word, and actually why I love blogging. There are lots of ways to encourage the people in your life.
encourage: to make (someone) more determined, hopeful, or confident
I compliment complete strangers all the time: love your hair, cute shoes, great dress. It might be shallow to be complimenting someone on their looks, but try it and watch how that person lights up.
I will encourage people at my Weight Watchers meetings — people who are struggling, because I’ve been there and done that, or people who look great, but don’t think that they do.
I love to encourage the new runners in my USAFit Albany group. There are brave people who sign up and may never have run more than a mile or only a 5k — 13.1 seems so daunting to them. I like to tell them that if I can do it, anyone can — I truly believe that — but you have to want it.
Don’t listen to people who tell you what to do. Listen to people who encourage you to do what you know in your heart is right.
In your life you will have those that encourage you, and those that discourage you. The discouragers are not always malicious; often they’re just concerned about you.
And just as often, if you listen to the voice inside of you that encourages you, you will know what the right thing to do is.
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one’s own efforts.
Who was the last person you encouraged?