Maybe you, like me, could use a little encouragement for those next baby steps on your journey. One step at a time is the only way to move through this time/space realm and hope to keep a peaceful heart. We don’t know what will happen today much less tomorrow. As a dear friend reminded me recently, each morning when our feet hit the floor, it’s a new, unknown day. Use the feet-meet-floor moment as your invitation to “be here now” and begin opening to the day.
Below is a small offering of encouraging words: a quotation, a 1-minute video, and a manifesto (yes, a manifesto!). Read one and you might feel encouraged. Read two and you’ll probably feel encouraged. Read all three and you will definitely feel encouraged!
1st – Self-Encouragement
Praise can make us approval seekers. Encouragement fosters self-awareness. Personally, I think we could use an encouragement revolution; it’s pretty hard to come by these days unless you have a cheerleader family member, good friend, or life coach. Lack of encouragement isn’t life-threatening, but we won’t thrive without it. Feed your soul with encouragement. Find a couple of favorite phrases of encouragement and use them often. Write yourself a letter of encouragement as if writing to your best friend (I do this every January 31st and re-read it a year later).
Grown-ups as well as children need encouragement. If it’s a bit sparse in your life, take this tip from my favorite life coach:
“You must befriend, protect, and nurture your own spirit. This means paying attention to your real needs, treating yourself not just fairly but kindly, and standing up for yourself even if that displeases people around you. Just as a run-down body may be unable to conceive a healthy new life, a run-down soul can’t support the healthy development of the life you were meant to have.”
– Martha Beck
2nd – A Visual Demonstration of Encouragement
Based on a true story, this one minute video – brought to you by Values.com (the company that makes those very encouraging billboards) – is a delight. Perhaps it will remind you of a time someone unexpectedly encouraged you. How do you think this little boy’s life has been changed by the encouragement he received? Did some encourage you when you were this age?
3rd -A Manifesto of Encouragement
It’s good to be reminded of some of the many things taking place on our behalf every minute (yes, every minute) around the world. And those are just the ones we know about. After you read this fortifying manifesto by the brilliant Danielle LaPorte, you may be inspired to write one yourself, drawing from the inner and outer resources in your very own, personal universe. Get your pen and paper ready!