Expressing Encouragement – that expression of approval and support can make your day! This is only one of the many reasons I miss my beloved Dad – he was a “master encourager” who always had a knack for saying the kindest, most uplifting words when someone was most in need of hearing them. I try to carry out his legacy of encouraging others, but I’ve fallen short considerably over the past couple years. The truth is, sometimes those who encourage others need encouragement themselves.
As a writer, I especially value the meaning of words and even the implied tone or emotion behind them. Words actually carry weight – and that weight can be a curse or a blessing.
I value encouraging, uplifting words, especially when they provide a boost of much needed motivation and sense of accomplishment in – what else – my freelance writing career.
One of my favorite moments of encouragement came back in 2011, from a then new writing client for a short-term project. The encouraging words came from A. Boyce, the Communication Director for XYZ Media – he gave me permission to quote him by name.
After I initially inquired about and applied for a posted writing position for him and his company, he said: “I typically send out a response to several ad respondents at once in the course of determining who would be the best fit, but your writing sample really set you apart from the group.”
Then he gave me a topic and template to write a “try-out” article (for compensation) and upon reviewing it, he said this: “Very nice work. You followed directions to the letter. This alone is quite impressive. Add to that a confident writer’s voice, concise and poppy presentation, and mastery of the subject matter, and I’m beyond impressed. You’re a true professional. You’ll do exceptionally well at these, and I’m glad to be welcoming you to the team.”
Here’s an inspirational thought for this Saturday…
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
I love this quote, because I’ve experienced the power of these seemingly small gestures–from giving as well as receiving them. It really is amazing how encouraging it is to hear the right word or receive the right gesture just when you need it.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
Do you believe in the power of encouragement?
Have you recently experienced a form of encouragement that was especially significant?