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Expressing Encouragement – June 11 Inspiration

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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.

 

My Dad, the Master Encourager.
       My Dad, the Master Encourager.

 

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.”

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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.”

~~Leo Buscaglia

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My reflections:

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.

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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?

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23 Comments

  1. Gingermommy

    I believe in positivity and encouragement is part of this. I rather build people up the tear them down

    11 . Jun . 2016
  2. Kristina

    Yes! Beautifully written! I definitely believe in the power of encouragement. Especially through words or even a smile. You can make someone’s day. Just uplifting someone from a negative place to positive can even help them pay it forward. We need more encouragement and positivity in the world.

    11 . Jun . 2016
  3. Jeanine

    Yes! I believe in the power of encouragement – there is no point in tearing people down, or being negative. The power of positivity is strong and is something we need way more of in this world!

    12 . Jun . 2016
  4. Tiffany VanSickle

    I love encouraging others, and of course being encouraged myself. Luckily my husband is amazing at encouraging me and others on a regular basis.

    12 . Jun . 2016
  5. Elizabeth O.

    Words are very powerful for me too and I think it’s where people draw their motivation and inspiration from too. I love that your dad is very good with his words, he was such an amazing person, full of wisdom and love for all of you. It’s always nice to encourage others rather than to criticize them, they are compelled to do better with words of encouragement.

    12 . Jun . 2016
  6. peppylady (Dora)

    My mom was one who was the one who encourage me, not my dad. But I’m grateful to have one parent who did.
    Coffee is on

    12 . Jun . 2016
  7. Michelle Gwynn Jones

    Yes I believe in the power of encouragement, just as negative words can stifle someone.

    12 . Jun . 2016
  8. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    I gotta agree. Hearing encouraging words really make a world of difference. Sometimes when you feel lost and someone reminds you that you can do it or have gone a long way, it makes for a world of difference.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  9. LIz Mays

    I definitely believe in the power of encouragement. We all need that from time to time. It keeps us going!

    13 . Jun . 2016
  10. Nicole Escat

    Encouragement especially from a loved ones keep me going on with my life, even though I am deeply hurt. Encouraging one person really matters.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  11. Amanda

    It is well known that by encouraging and showing a positive attitude will get you farther in life. No one knows what happened to the other to make them feel that way. I personally would rather go through life encouraging anyone and everyone to do what their hearts desire.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  12. Leigh Anne Borders

    As a teacher, I see just how important this is at a young age. We should strive to help build one another up.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  13. Salma

    Your father sounds like he was a great dad and person.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  14. Enricoh Alfonzo

    I love this: Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
    a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
    Its so true that we get so engrossed in our rooted routines that we don’t necessarily stop to well smell the roses and overlook the little things that help us every day.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  15. Laura Starner

    I believe in the power of encouragement. I also believe in positive self talk. We become what we say about ourselves.

    13 . Jun . 2016
  16. Ave

    I do believe in the power of encouragement! I think it’s really important to encourage people as much as possible and I love to receive encouragement too! It makes me feel that I’m doing the right thing!

    13 . Jun . 2016
  17. Jojo Vito

    I do believe that we must be a channel of encouragement to others…a smile , a pat on a shoulder or a simple hello can even encourage others 🙂

    14 . Jun . 2016
  18. Jasmine Eclipse

    This blog brought a smile to my face. Good for you for carrying on your father’s legacy! It sounds like he was a great man. Thank you for sharing these quotes and writings!

    14 . Jun . 2016
  19. melandria romero

    we all need all the encouragement we can get, i love the idea that some bloggers are ever helpful

    15 . Jun . 2016
  20. Lisa Joy Thompson

    It’s amazing how much a kind word can change someone’s day! I try to make it a point to smile at people and compliment them or encourage them whenever I have the chance!

    15 . Jun . 2016
  21. Carly Moore

    Encouragement gets us so far in life. Sorry about your dad. I lost someone this year too that I miss terribly – someone who encouraged me a lot.

    17 . Jun . 2016
  22. jared's mum

    indeed, words of encouragement, especially from those who are dear to us, works a world of wonders and give us that extra boost and confidence to overcome whatever gargantuan tasks or challenges we have at hand.

    19 . Jun . 2016
  23. aurora

    I definitely agree! Sometimes we forget that it’s the little thing that counts!

    20 . Jun . 2016

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