I was just thinking about why encouragement is so important – at least to me.
When I am in need of encouragement, I am so happy and grateful to have people in my life who are willing to extend themselves and lift me up. On the other hand, when I see someone who could use a boost, I do my best to encourage that individual.
I used to think that I was either giving or receiving encouragement. Yet now, I believe there is a third option. It’s not you or me, it’s us. Both individuals gain something important.
On the receiving side, it’s wonderful to know that someone cares enough to reach out and point out good things (that can seem invisible) about ourselves and our circumstances. On the giving side, the person sharing encouragement (regardless of that individual’s challenges, capacity, and confidence) is able to make a positive difference in another person’s life – and that feels great.
On both sides, the benefits are immediate and often far reaching.
So the next time you need encouragement and it’s offered, be gracious, appreciative, and welcoming. Also, realize that in sharing a bit of encouragement, you inspire those good feelings in another person. How wonderful is that!
Have a great day,