Posts tagged ‘encouragement’

March 27, 2015

The genie in the lamp is . . .

In this life, there is a genie in the lamp: YOU.

Make your own magic.

❤

July 21, 2014

Keep rubbing the coin that is your heart . . .

Thought of the moment, courtesy of author and poet Maya Angelou in her book Letter to My Daughter:

The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour. The human heart is so robust, so tough, that once encouraged it beats its rhythm with a loud unswerving insistency.

Two sides of the human heart — fragility and fortitude. The sides oppose one another, yet both require the same crucial ingredient — encouragement — in order to persist, to flourish.

Surround yourself with people, places and environments that encourage and support your heart. Do this always. And above all else, make sure that you yourself are the biggest, loudest, most loyal and enduring source of encouragement in your own life.

October 1, 2013

October challenge: Reach out (In memory of a lost friend)

This month’s challenge is in memory of my friend Anita, who took her own life at the end of August.

This October, I challenge you to reach out to someone you know who may be going though a difficult time. Even if that person seems fine on the outside, reach out anyway; they may be hurting more than you know inside. Even if that person doesn’t ask for help, reach out anyway; they may not know how to ask for support, or they may not think themselves worthy of it. Reach out even if they don’t want you to do so. Reach out even if you think it silly or unnecessary or far too intrusive. Make that phone call, make that visit, give that hug, speak that kind word of support or encouragement. Share your own dark moments, if you are comfortable doing so, to help that person see that they are not alone in what they are experiencing, and that there is hope for the future. Reach out in any way you can, however small. In the end, your single act of caring may be the one thing that pulls that person back from the brink of despair, back onto the road of life.

Peace be with you, Anita. The world is less bright without you in it.

March 27, 2013

What we should tell our kids, every day . . .

A wonderful quote from Spanish cellist Pablo Casals:

Each second that we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again.  And what do we teach our children?  We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.  When will we also teach them what they are?  We should say to each of them, “Do you know what you are?  You are a marvel.  You are unique.  In all the world, there is no other child like you. . . . Your legs, your arms, your fingers, the way you move. . . . You have the capacity for anything.  Yes, you are a marvel.”

Every child deserves to hear this, spoken with unrestrained energy and enthusiasm, from an adult in his or her life.  Don’t you think?

March 18, 2013

Observed on the street: A snowy reminder to “just be”

A message in the snow from a walk I took recently:

Message written in fresh snow: "Smile, it will be OK."

February 16, 2013

Observed on the street: A little Seussian wisdom, in just the right place

Posted in big letters — one to a page — in the front window of a local elementary school, this phrase from Dr. Seuss’s book Horton Hears a Who!:

Don’t give up!  I believe in you all.  A person’s a person, no matter how small.