Encouragement: A Work of He”art”

» Posted by on Apr 6, 2012 in Appreciation, Appreciation Marketing, Heartfelt Words, Thoughtfulness, Words of Wisdom | 0 comments

Encouragement: A Work of He”art”

It is something that we all need from time to time — and when received we are thankful for the gift we have been given. A little encouragement can change a bad day into a good day and it can help someone change their outlook on something. It can even help someone to believe in themselves again.

Albert Schweitzer said it well when he said…

~In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

Although so very important, encouragement is the gift that is easier to receive than it is to give away.  It is a skill that develops over time, like a one-of-a-kind work of art or a fine wine.

Think about a work of art for a moment…

It is not something that is done in a haphazard way, nor is it done quickly without thought. It is something that took significant thought, time, and creativity to complete. Encouraging others is similar in that way, too. If you don’t think about encouraging others, take time to encourage others, and try to encourage people in creative ways, your “masterpiece” will not be complete.

In order to build your Work of He”art” — to be an encourager — you will need to search your heart and make up your mind that you want to help others in this way. To start your journey of encouragement, first think about this saying:

This quote reminds us that we don’t always have to be right… but we do need to take the time to listen. Learning to listen — really hearing what people are saying — is a major step in becoming an encourager.

If you don’t hear what people are saying… what they are discouraged about… what they are excited about… what they hope and dream for… you cannot use your kindness to encourage them in the best possible way.

Listening takes a loving and caring attitude. When you have that — and you listen to others — encouragement will become like second nature… It will get easier over time… and you will begin creating your masterpiece!

I hope you will begin to seek your encouraging side today (if you haven’t started already). Appreciating others goes hand-in-hand with encouragement. If you have been encouraged or someone has let them know that they appreciate you lately, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. So, make someone’s day by encouraging them with a few words of appreciation. Then, remember…”There’s nothing more delicious than love and kindness.” (Jodi Hennessy – March, 2012).

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