Think about your week and the people with whom you have interacted. Whether they were family, friends, clients, colleagues or the person who cut you off in traffic, they all made some type of impact on you.
When I worked in customer service there was a day when I was insulted, ignored and encouraged within an eight hour time frame. My intelligence was insulted by a customer and I was ignored by someone who cut in line at the grocery store and a few more annoyances that day. If you had asked me how my day was going, I may have had a negative reaction and colorful response. However, I seemed to have survived that day with little or no permanent damage. That’s still up for debate.
One time when I was driving home on a day like the one mentioned, I began to sing. “Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play…” Well, I don’t have deer or antelope, but I do have a dog, a very enthusiastic dog. I have a dog who doesn’t know how to be anything but…a dog. When she is out in public, she doesn’t care what people think of her coat. She could care less if the shoes I’m wearing were made in Italy, so long as I’m willing to walk and play with her. She is even forgiving when I forget to feed her because she lives with faith believing that my husband will soon be home. He never forgets to feed her. In spite of limitations of space and time to run freely outside, she is always happy. In her mind the world was created for her. Sometimes she looks a little depressed but is easily brought back to happiness by the simple toss of a ball or heavy praise. In fact the words don’t even matter really so long as they are spoken in the right tone of voice. For Chloe the Corgi, the skies truly are not cloudy all day. She is fed, and praised and that’s all she needs.
People are not quite as simple as this though. We need more than a little food and a little praise. We need a heavy dose of encouragement. Frankly sometimes those words of encouragement seem few and far between. I have friends who randomly send me messages just to encourage me. This simple act of encouragement is often right on time and much appreciated.
The gift of an encouraging word will cost us nothing but the breath to speak or the keystrokes to type. Encouragement is a gift; to the giver as much as to the receiver. In this world of so many discouraging words, I want to be more keenly aware of those around who simply need to hear a kind word.
Do you need to be encouraged? I challenge you in this; reach out to someone with words of encouragement and I think you will quickly feel those same words coming back to encourage you just the same. And soon you will notice that your “skies are not so cloudy all day”
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