On Being an Encourager

George M. Adams wrote: “There are high spots in all our lives and most of them have come about through encouragement of someone else.” His words speak to the joyous power of encouragement. Encouragement is that magical gift that great leaders give to those whom they serve which opens someone’s eyes to a greater belief in their own possibilities. They see themselves as better than they believe they are, capable and more confident in what they choose to do. Their attitude is uplifted and their spirit turns from self-doubt to positivity.

Great Leaders are encouragers of those whom they serve. John Maxwell writes that “Encouragers understand that life is not a dress rehearsal.” He follows this with a quote attributed to Stephen Grellet: ”I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” In its simplest form, encouragement is about caring. Margaret Mead said: “Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” May you change the world of those whom you serve and touch. May you remember the words of Mandy Hale: “To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.” May you care deeply to fill your days with moments of encouragement, that those who receive it see possibilities undreamed within themselves to change the world.

May you and yours have a Happy Easter and Passover.

Happy  a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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2 Responses to On Being an Encourager

  1. Jack Beach says:

    “To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.” What a simple and profound truth. Thanks Mike.

  2. JOSEPH Fennelly says:

    In search of heroes. Heroes model for the young. when I was young it was the Lone Ranger with emphasis on the “ lone”. No longer is this the kind of hero that we should model. However while we still need to do good, to help each other, we must do it as a shared venture. The current forced isolation can create the time to reflect , the time to reinforce what are the best roads forward. There is and will be a “new normal “. I retired from medical practice after 56 years. I was privileged to make some contributions. This was engineered by two factors. One that those I respected encouraged me. Even if it was only one person. Two. I persisted over time. Our profession as any see SOP as TRUTH. it takes time and persistence to pursue one’s dream to make ones segment of the universe. Now we who are turning over world to young leaders. It is our task to encourage, to empower, to support the young to stay with their dreams until they are realized. Perhaps. Not quite what the original vision was, but at least moving toward realizing their dreams. Each of us wakes up every day with the hope of doing something positive.

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