If you’re like me, you’ll have days where it would be so helpful to receive a bit of encouragement from another person.
It isn’t that we walk around craving encouragement as a profession, it’s just that some days take their toll on our confidence and self-esteem and to have someone say, “That’s great, thanks!” or “You’ve really helped me” or “You’re very good at what you do” or sometimes simply “Thank you” makes all the difference and gives us a little boost to keep going.
This is true in our personal lives and business dealings.
If we feel this way, I’m guessing that there are many many people who feel the same. In fact I would go so far as to say encouragement is basic human need.
So, why not make it your aim to encourage one other person today, whether they are someone you know or a stranger . They may help you at work, the shops, in the street, or at school.
It’s often easier to encourage those we like, but harder to encourage those who may be a pain, yet it is often the latter who need the encouragement most and in whom it will have the greatest effect.
“Thank you” is a powerful phrase, sadly neglected in today’s ‘I want it; it’s my right‘ sick culture. This simple phrase can spark a complete change in situations and lives … and if you can offer a bit of fee practical help too, all the better.
So, does it work or is it theory?
I remember an account of a man called Tony Campolo who went out to a late night café as he was working long hours. In the cafe was a girl in her mid-twenties, made-up to the eyeballs and clearly working the streets. He spoke to her briefly and bought her a coffee. The conversation didn’t last long before the girl left. Talking to the cafe owner he learned that she came in every night and in the next few days it was her birthday. He quickly organised a party for her and took in a simple birthday cake with candles on top. As she walked in they all said Happy Birthday and presented the cake. She stood staring at the cake and said nothing then burst into tears. As her story unfolded he learned this was the first birthday cake or party she’d ever had.
We can’t all go into cafés and make birthday cakes for strangers, but this story showed me that we never really know who we’re talking to and what a difference our simple words or actions can make.
So try it; you may not receive lots of reciprocated gratitude but you will know that you’re making a positive difference in a World that needs it.
And at this time of the message of encouragement, I wish you a very Happy Easter!