Ever have one of those days or weeks where you have your day or events planned and then so-called life happens?? Yup, me too. To say that the last few weeks have been really crazy would be an under statement. Living a double life – aka doing the daily grind, which has been recently relocated has been an adjustment period.
I have had tons of thoughts and blog ideas running through my head, some started on paper, but they have yet to make it to keyboard. I have missed writing, updating, expanding and learning how to use my new computer, the website programming and tools and all I can say is, wow! How things have changed over the years. Technology is much more advanced and is changing rapidly. But I think I am beginning to digress, so let me get back on track.
Today – lets talk about encouragement – about inspiring, uplifting others and ourselves. Between the daily opportunities, heartache, news, dreams – some that the answer was no, some the answer is not now and sometimes fear – whether of the unknown or the known and perceived, it can be easy to get in a rut. But I truly believe that we are not made to live in a rut, in fear, with discouragement and grief. There will be seasons, but like the 4 weather seasons, it changes and frequently. These seasons are for a period of time and in the bigger, great scheme of life picture; they are fleeting.
so what do you do or can you do to encourage others? or yourself?
Biggest most important action one can do: SMILE. That’s right, I said smile. Give that person in the hall at work or in the store a smile. Nod, say hello. Your one smile, that little gesture can be so monumental to that passerby and it is free. Everyone wants to feel important and that they matter to someone and you know what, you do!! You Matter! You are awesome! You rock! You are unique and were sent here for your own story, purpose and life adventure and you have your own one of a kind perspective that goes along with that life experience.
I confess, I love to lift up others and be a cheerleader (though trust me, I never could have made the cheerleading squad, too uncoordinated and clumsy, just ask the Ginger). Now mind you, I also keep things in perspective for them and for me. You do need to be realistic. 🙂
Ideas to engage in encouragement:
Send a note – handwritten and my personal touch – a sticker, Just let them know you are thinking of them – it does not have to be long, just a short note will work
Remind them of how far they have come, what progress they have made, and what circumstances they have already overcome
Share a funny story – makes them laugh, which will naturally put them in a better mood
Have a vision board party! – We all have dreams: get some poster board, paper, index cards and small photo album and take some old magazines, photos, etc and dream! Create something that you can look at often. One can never lose sight of your dreams. Have hope.
Live in the now, but create a bucket list – go big – put items on your bucket list that would take a miracle to achieve – and watch those miracles happen for the universe will conspire to make them a reality.
Get moving! be active. You will see and feel amazed that you just ran that 3 miles or did those 5 pull ups, held plank for 30 seconds, completed a hot yoga class and you will feel accomplished.
Focus on baby steps, just put one foot in front of the other. Any step forward, no matter how small or minute is a step forward and each one of those little steps become big steps.
have an accountability partner/friend. they will listen, give it to you straight, and help you stay focused on your goal
have a happy – whether it is hiking, playing with a puppy, mediating, taking a hot bath, but know your happy. My bliss as a kid was always running, I felt so alive and free, it cleared my head and I felt like I could take on the world (and I am, one step at a time)
Listen to some awesome music or read a cool book.
Have faith and gratitude. Just remember, this will pass. There is always at least one thing to be grateful for. If you have to focus on that one aspect of gratitude and that one aspect will grow into two and then three. I truly believe, that God (One Source, the Universe) did not give us anything that we are not strong enough to handle with him by our side. Decide what is important to you and focus until you make it a reality. As Henry David Thoreau said the following:
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Next week, I will be back with an all new recipe. Let me know how you get out of your funk or encourage others when they are feeling down. But for now, I leave you with a cute picture.
Until we meet again,
May blessings abound and angels go before you,
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