The Treasure of Encouragement
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”~ The Buddha
Encouragement is commonly understood within the context of lifting up another who is down and out. But for me, the hallmark of encouragement is the wholehearted support and celebration of another person’s finest and happiest moments.
It is generosity, magnanimity and big-heartedness at the highest.
It is one of the most beautiful gifts in life, more sustaining than any extravagant present – to know that someone is selfless enough to have our best interests at heart.
Encouragement has the power to release one to fulfill one’s destiny. To encourage is to protect and confer honour to another. It replenishes. It soothes. It uplifts. It imparts life. It can be likened to the sweet nectar of the soul. Rain on a parched desert.
We are saved in moments like these. We are found in moments like these.
Encouragement replaces estrangement with love. It changes wariness into trust. Doubt into affirmation. Vulnerability into safety. It is to see a budding gift in someone else and water it. It is to see a flickering flame in another’s dream and fan it. It is to build up. Not tear down. To support. Not sabotage.
The essence of encouragement is the recognition of the sacred within another soul.
Our current culture of competition and comparison chokes up the ability to genuinely share in the happiness of another. For to encourage is an act of selflessness. In its place we have substituted it with an array of cheap superficialities, flattery and clichés.
Instead of rejoicing when others do well, we dampen their moment with a hollow response. Or simmer in grudging silence at a success story that doesn’t bear our name.
Maybe that is why it is just so much easier to celebrate mediocrity instead of excellence. It doesn’t demand anything of us.
It might seem like such a small thing when we inwardly turn away from seeing how well somebody else is doing. When we silently scoff and pull them down in our minds. When we secretly hope that others would bungle up.
But it is interesting to note that these little envies and petty jealousies unknown perhaps to anyone but our deepest selves actually harms us the most. What we hope we are depriving others of, we actually end up depriving ourselves.
“At the same time those who show forth envies, jealousies, etc…are depriving themselves of their own stations, and not another of his, for they prove by their own acts that they are not only unworthy of being called to any station awaiting them, but also prove that they cannot withstand the very first test – that of rejoicing over the success of their neighbour, at which God rejoices.
Only by such a sincere joy can the gift of God descend into a pure heart.” ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
This is the Golden Rule. Karma. The Law of Attraction. The Secret. Whatever we may choose to call it, I believe we are engaging in a timeless Universal Principle to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
We start to live on a completely different plane when we no longer see praise and success as something to be hoarded or divided. When we are able to correct the flawed thinking that if we praise another, we are somehow giving away what should have been essentially ours.
I truly believe great things happen when we decide to stretch ourselves to give above and beyond to another.
In that moment of self-transcendence, we start to operate on a completely new plane of living. And the selflessness and purity of our intentions work as a magnet to draw greater things into our lives. A kindly tongue is a lodestone to the hearts of men. Encouragement is the magnet that draws others to our lives.
To encourage is not merely a social nicety which we engage in. Apart from the fact that we rise above ourselves in the simple act of rejoicing with another, a more powerful reason to be a well-wisher is that encouragement when practised in its truest and highest sense is the cornerstone of the peace and unity of mankind.
“True peace and tranquility will only be realised when every soul will become the well-wisher of all mankind.” ~ Baha’u’llah
How absolutely radical to view this humble deed as the foundation of true peace in the world! For how can we even start to talk of world peace if we cannot first bring ourselves to share in the joy of celebrating the wonderfulness of one another?
A well-wisher is one who extends good wishes to his fellowmen. It is to wish for the greatest well-being and glory of another. It is to be a source of support and strength for someone else. Imagine the power of such a task if we take it upon ourselves in all sincerity!
What would our workplaces be like if we gave credit where credit is due? To be constantly on the lookout for the best traits in others. To train our eyes to focus on the good in a person. Just think how encouragement would impact our relationships. Our marriage. Our communities. It would be the height of civilisation.
Imagine just one act of encouragement from a heart that burns with loving-kindness. What this might ignite. What it might release. What it might do to you today.
Encouragement is not merely a word. It is a power.
I like to call it “sympathetic joy”. Much love and light to you!-Julie
To be joyous and to be sympathetic are qualities which flow from a place of abundance. We can only genuinely give what we already have from the inside.
I was just reading your excellent post which touched on the issue of having a scarcity mentality and it is precisely this scarcity thinking which robs us from being able to wholeheartedly praise and affirm the success of another.
So very glad you came by this way Jules! And what joy to catch up again! Those kale and egg muffins are still floating before my eyes! 😀 Love, Sharon
Thank you Shaz. I also wanted to tell you I love your new blog look and gorgeous photo. You look amazing! I have been thinking of you and am going to email you about something “empath related”. Lots of love-Jules
Oh thank you so much Jules!! Thank you for the email and if you haven’t sent it yet, please send it to email@example.com (the other one I use mostly to get blog notifications). I very much look forward to your mail! Wishing you a day filled with loveliness! Shaz
Will do! Hugs-Julie
What joyous pictures
Thank you! It was a beautiful day in early spring and there was joy in the air. So good to hear from you! Sharon
Shared it on facebook 🙂 Thanks!
Oh that’s really good of you. I really appreciate it. Thank you so much. Sharon
Oh this is so true. The world would be such a different place. At least in Blogland, there is that generosity of spirit and shared collective encouragement and appreciation that seems to be so often missing in real life.
You are so right. It has been a singularly defining spirit here and that has made such a difference to each of us bringing our work to the public domain for the first time. I believe the culture of encouragement is something we must and can cultivate. I really do think the well-being of our souls depend on it. Not just for the recipient, more so for the giver of encouragement. Thank you my dear. It has been good coming alongside each other on our journey in writing. So very good indeed. Hugs, Sharon
Love your new picture! 🙂
hehehe…I know I’m on a roll aren’t I with this whole new revamp and update on the blog! 😀 Just realised every single photo I have of myself is taken with my son beside me. This one he’s standing just under me grinning away. Let’s see your pix? 😀 HUGS
Oh I reckon I’d need to revamp myself (never mind my blog) before posting a photo! Yours ever Shrinking Violet x
Thank you Chillbrook! It’s been so good knowing you. I hope you are doing great. Do keep in touch and thinking of you with a blessed heart. Sharon
This is so beautiful Sharon. I can actually recall recent times when I was ready to give up on my writing and someone called or sent me a message of encouragement. I get discouraged quite a bit in the process of writing and sometimes in life in general. Soothing, supportive words do make a difference. Thanks for writing this inspiring message. Love, Brenda
The pictures are great. How do you get your byline on them?
My dear Brenda!
I think being a writer and blogger must surely demand a lion-heart! Oh how often we all find ourselves wavering in uncertainty and hesitancy in our journey with the written word. I’m thinking of my own nail-biting moments 😀 And yet maybe it is this quality which perhaps keeps the writing real. It keeps us in a posture of learning and improving.
You probably must know this already but I just want to let you know that you are one of my favourite writers. Your ability to translate a thought, an insight, an experience into the written form inspires and humbles me. I have learnt so much from your wisdom. And I thank you that you write.
Much love, Sharon
p.s. I use Picasa which can be downloaded for free from the internet. There is a text function which allows you to write on your photos. Here it is. http://picasa.google.com/ Let me know if it works.
I downloaded and installed Picasa but don’t have time right now to figure out how to make it work. I am REAL slow in understanding this stuff so I know I need time to look at it all. Thanks so much for the tip.
Thanks also for your encouragement on my writing. I’ve been so discouraged with it I’ve thought about giving up the blog and the book and just sticking with journaling. As one who writes you can probably understand what I’m saying. I have a lot of doubt about my ability because my background and degree is in Business. I have no background for writing except my passion and my life experiences.
I love your writing also, Sharon and always look forward to reading what you post. Big love and hugs. Brenda
I love your carefully selected guest blogs but every single time YOU write, my heart leaps and I jump over at once to see what you have brought to us. And that is the honest truth. Please don’t ever stop writing your book, your blog. And I don’t just say this to everyone. If you are ever in a place where you feel like just throwing in the towel – you call me at once and I will come on you like a ton of bricks!! 😀 I won’t let you stop. You can count on that. Hugs, Sharon
p.s. and it is precisely your passion and your life experiences that I want to read about.
Wonderful post and pictures Sharon! I agree with you that encouragement is a power – and its source is to be found in love.
Thank you Tiny! You are so right. Encouragement is lacking because love is lacking. How much transformation we can bring about through a word that is clothed in love. So good to hear from you and tell me again when are you coming to Finland? Kahvi and pulla await 😀 Sharon
Lovely post and beautiful photographs, Sharon. The kindness of your spirit shines through your words. I believe studies have indicated that many compliments and words of encouragement are needed to counteract one careless criticism. We truly are sensitive beings, and I think we each come with such precious gifts to tend and share…it really is our responsibility towards each other to kindle fires beneath these gifts rather than dampen or bury them: our own and each other’s. This reminds me, too, how many negative messages bombard us each day with the intent to guide us towards purchasing products that will make us “more worthy.” Thank you so much for these beautiful reminders and the encouragement you offer your visitors! 🙂
My dear Kitty,
I wrote this post because I was prompted by what I observe as a decline in our culture of building up each other. It’s almost become a relic in our society. What strikes me most is the sad irony that we have reserved encouragement purely for sad occassions while keeping a stony silence at life’s best moments in other people’s lives.
You are absolutely right how criticism is carelessly strewn about while positive affirmation is tightly guarded. How have we become this sort of a people? We celebrate mediocrity but not excellence in others. This lack of genuine encouragement is a sign of our deep lack and selfishness despite how far we have arrived materially.
And we confuse our worthiness as people with an outward form of progress and civilisation while remaining almost infantile and stagnant in true virtues of the heart. Thank you for grasping the key points of my message. Most of all thank you for the generous place from which your kind and encouragement reaches out and builds me up every single time. I truly cherish your warm support. Love, Sharon
Yet another beautiful post Sharon, you speak such truth. It reminds me that I can always do better in my life by trying to be a better person. Blessings and many hugs to you, you are a truly, wonderfully special person! 🙂
“There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” ~ Winnie-The-Pooh
Another classic – and so very true! Thanks so much for your support 🙂 Hugs!
Lovely shots and thoughts
So wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for writing. Sharon
I love how you chose photos of the cold to illustrate your wonderfully wise words!
It’s officially spring but we’re nowhere near Spring! 😀 These photos were taken two weeks ago and we’re still this much buried in snow! Thank you so much. If I’ve never told you this, I’ll tell you now. I appreciate your support and kindness you have taken time to show me. It is solid and comforting to my heart. Sharon
Thank you, dear Sharon. You are a wonderful example how we can find warmth in each other, despite what the weather (and life) throws at us!
Namaste, my dearest Sharon. You are truly a gift to us all. The pure, bright snow so well mirrors your crystal clear words. Diane
You have made me feel so loved Diane. And that has renewed and strengthen me in my writing. I am thankful for your friendship in my life. With gratitude, Sharon
Sharon, also love the new Gravatar. I may update mine, yet I so love Apples the hen and hope she is well in her new flock.
Sharon you really are a brilliant writer, I agree with what you are saying a positive energy to share with many is better than regret and festering jealousy. I will ask you again, do you have a book coming out? You are an awesome read. Thank you
Thank you for your wonderful feedback. The book is a work in progress but for the moment I’m just taking it one day at a time with the family and the blog and the book. I appreciate your warm encouragement and look forward to hearing from you again! Sharon
Perfect. I need to bookmark this to reread from time to time.
So very good of you to come by. I’m glad you liked this. Thinking of you and your wonderful ocean. Sharon
Another beautiful post by someone who knows the power of encouragement! Peace, Mark
Your presence here is all the more appreciated especially during this time dear Mark. I am so glad you wrote because I had somehow missed your last post. I believe I clung on to hope during the darkest moments of my life. And I know that encouragement has the power to confer life! May you find encouragement through the most unexpected places during this time may your life open up like a flower towards the sun to see the goodness of our Creator. Much love, Sharon
Encouragement is a powerful word…
How much power is laden in the spoken word. Imagine how much we can transform our relationships, our lives, our own state of minds if we use our words carefully, kindly, lovingly and with the one single purpose of helping rather than tearing down. Thank you Mary for coming by. It is so nice to see and hear from you. Sharon
So good to hear from you! Thank you so much. Sharon
Can this post travel all around the world as an international medicine? i like to share it with all the friends of The MovedbyLove Team, Bravo Sharon, M
My dearest Mona,
When I got this note from you, my heart soared! Thank you so much my dear friend for your warm support and encouragement. I believe I am made into a better person because of it. And yes, may we cultivate and build up a new spirit to ignite the heart our world afresh. Hugs always, Sharon
Without Boundary above said, “Can this post travel all around the world as an international medicine?”
I agree, and yes, I just included in my Facebook to reach few others I can. 😀 Fae.
My life is brighter, happier, and so much more delicious since you entered!!! You my dear Fae make me feel loved to the core. Thank you for enriching my life more than you can imagine. Much love from me & the boys! 😀
I couldn’t agree more with what you said: “Our current culture of competition and comparison chokes up the ability to genuinely share in the happiness of another.” It’s so sad 😦
Love the new theme – simple and crisp. 🙂
Yay!! Thank you for noticing the new theme!! I had a jolly time setting it up and trying out the different options. At one time the whole page turned a sparkling neon green with purple text and I couldn’t figure out how to undo it. Some moments of panic there in case you lot came by and drowned in a pool of lime Slurpee! 😀
But back to business :D, it is indeed a sad state of affairs what has become the norm of the workplace and social culture. It speaks of a great lack we feel on the inside and how can we be generous if we don’t first start to grow a garden inside and cultivate fruits worthy to give away. We can’t give what we don’t have.
Thank you so much Hanzo’s Master. I did some reading with my son on Shiba Inu and found out about the Japanese Akita in our Dog Encyclopedia. I tell you Hanzo would have made a 10 times better model than the Shiba they featured. In my opinion Hanzo looked more like an Akita to me. Even the personality. Bye for now! Sharon
How lovely this post is, Sharon. It is so important to uplift another in the most genuine way. Like you say, we must NEVER flatter, because that is to do the opposite. I feel that to boost another’s confidence is a sign of flourishing within one’s own soul. It means you have arrived at a place where you are sure of yourself; you know your power and you know what still needs to heal.
I am glad it’s so apparent to you that to be able to genuinely praise, affirm and encourage another is a sign of a thriving, secure and wholesome inner life. Yes, it is to have reached a flourishing within one’s own soul to be able to reach out and do the same for another. For truly, our words reveal the condition of our hearts.
We speak from the overflow of our hearts and if there is love residing inside, love flows out. If there is compassion, that too will mark our speech. Thank you so much for coming over and adding to this post with your words of insight. Sharon
Thought provoking post, Sharon. Enjoyed reading it. I do have a request from you but will e-mail you.
Thanks for the email. Watch out for my next post. It might be what you are looking for. Thanks for coming by Vicky. Have a great day! Sharon
Such wonderful words and images, and a beautiful, constant reminder to us all… Joyful gratitude and giving: without it, nothing shall be returned.
Wonderfully said FeyGirl! May we make encouragement a thriving practice of our culture. Rejoicing in the best of each other. So good to hear from you always. Sharon
I loved this from beginning to end. “Give credit where credit is due.” How refreshing. As simple as it seems, it rarely happens. This was such a gift to read this morning after a long week of work. Blessings to you and your family this weekend!
My dear Becky,
We seem to have narrowed down the largeness and all-embracing power of this act of encouragement to a meagre, feeble practice signifying nothing of worth in our society today. We reserve encouragement solely for those in dire-need, those whose lot is worse off than ours.
But the real essence of encouragement is lost. We become tongue-tied when we should be cheering wholehearted congratulations. We battle furiously within ourselves and stuff our natural inclination to admire and praise. And in that sad moment, we lose a piece of our own dignity and worth. The quickest way to shrivel oneself is to keep quiet when we should speak.
Thank you so much for your encouragement. I feel it everytime you are here. And it gives me strength. Much love, Sharon
Beautifully written, Sharon. As I was reading it I was thinking of our blogger community.
I think our blogging community is a fine example of building each other’s creative talents for a greater good. You are so correct in this observation Ruth! And how especially blessed we are to have each other to lean on and support while we grow and expand our gifts. Thank you so much for your support in so many ways. I truly appreciate it…Sharon
Oh My God! Me too! I thought I have gotten more support from this community than anywhere else. Very cool!
It’s funny, but the word “gorgeous” runs through my mind with this Sharon. The message is wonderful… the images just carry it to another level. Beautiful… nope… gorgeous.
Thank you for making me smile like a happy chipmunk. That says it all. Sharon
Beautifully written Shaz…. you are awesome.. hugs, Renee 🙂
You are my ray of sunshine Renee. Thank you from my heart. Always, Shaz
YOU are so welcome. You continue to touch my heart . Thank-you. hugs.. Renee ❤
Beautiful words of wisdom, dear Sharon, that emanate from heart level to touch another’s heart. It is so true that we reap what we sow, that what we give out to others comes right back to us. I find the WordPress community a wonderful place to encourage and uplift each other. Thank you for your beautiful contribution, and for a lovely start to my day. Bless you.
I wouldn’t have come so far if it wasn’t for the love and support of the WordPress community. If it wasn’t for your personal words of encouragement. Thank you for your kind heart. And my warmest thoughts and wishes to you today! Hugs, Sharon
Sharon, your message lifts my spirit this morning! You always share in a way that makes one know they are spiritually loved by you as they feel the tenderness, the energy and genuine life in your words. I pray that your messages will never cease for they will always find a place deep within me because of their purity, a symbol of the selfless love you always share! You are a blessing always dear sister…thank you for blessing my heart with your spirits light! God bless you and your family always!
From the moment I have known you Wendell, I have only known kindness. Eventhough we have never met, I feel I have seen deep inside you and what you bring out each time in your work and in your interaction with others. Please know how much I appreciate your support and presence in my life and in my writing. God bless you and your loved ones. Sharon
“Become the well-wisher of mankind” Encouragement is INDEED a power. Wow this is such an excellent conclusion for this incredibly inspirational article from you Sharon! To be encouraging towards others and what they are doing, to share joy and kindness, qualities that you embody, these are the traits and characteristics we all have and can all foster in each other. These are the qualities that build families and communities stronger and ripple out to help create a loving, peace-filled world. Thank you, dear Earth-Angel, for sharing another well-written essay that gently and wisely educates us all. You are a true source of light in the world, and I am so thankful! With love, Gina
My dearest Gina!
Please forgive me for the lateness of this reply! Everything you write and do and live is encouragement in motion. That I think we can all learn from you my dear friend. Sending you peace and joy even in these days. May your light shine bright. Sharon
My Dear Friend,
While I adored your entire post, my favorite was your very insightful line, “To encourage is to protect and confer honour to another.” We do not generally associate encouragement with nobility but as you have so beautifully illuminated, an opportunity to encourage presses us to choose another’s welfare over our small, deluded, selves: nobility above hostility.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,
not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:23-25.
Yours is a job well done. And I love your new format–it’s accessible and at a glance brings flooding wonderful memories of your prior posts.
Love and Hugs,
I apologise for the lateness of this reply!!! I can only say that receiving this wonderful note so thoughtfully shared made me feel loved and made me feel the solidarity which comes from encouragement. Thank you for your thoughts and the verse from Hebrews. Encouragement is to stimulate isn’t it? I get this image of us stirring up the good gifts latent within each other. The meditation of these words by St Paul? produces much food for thought indeed.
So glad you noticed the new format! I thought it was Spring and it was time for a new look 😀 I hope this finds you well my friend. Let me know how you are. I would love to hear from you. Big hug. Sharon
Dear Sharon, You and your works continue to inspire me. I often reflect on the divinity that shines through you, your words and your photographs. We are all blessed to have you lighting our way.
My husband and I are making some changes this year, so my blog is quiet until I learn to interpret them. Thank you for your blessing (different comment) of our ministry work, it is an honor and a privilege to be serving in this capacity and we are beginning to see its fruits. I am taking a leave this week to travel to the east coast and visit my mom and sister.
I always love to hear from you. My warmest to you and your family. Hugs, Vivian
Perhaps like no other writer I know in this blogging world, I feel your posts. I experience them in more than a visual/reading sense. Warmth, energy- a sense of peace floats to me from the page. Truly.
Whenever I come here, I leave enriched. Or perhaps- it is as though I never leave because after the memory of the words fades, the feeling remains.
Exquisite in every possible way.
My dear Tom,
I thank you for stretching out your hand to reach my soul with this message. I have put off sending you a reply so as not to disturb the completeness of what you had given me. I return to the spirit of these words and I find life and assurance. I believe that is the power of words.
You must surely know the gratitude that remains.
It is so easy to say something nice and mean it. Yet in our society it is taking a risk to act and talk in that way. How complicated we make our lives sometimes 🙂 This is a lovely post and I like the photos that you chose to go with it.
I think you’ve nailed it – how complicated and knotted up we make life to be sometimes! Being able to be in harmony in our thoughts, speech and action is indeed a wonderful place to be. I thank you so much for your thoughts. I apologise for the late reply. Always so good to hear from you! Warm wishes, Sharon
Please don’t apologize for a delay in responding 🙂 Look how long it took me to get to it 🙂 You have a lovely blog 🙂
Missed you and stopped by on the chance of a post AND VOOLAH! AWESOMENESS! Just today, before visiting here, I posted a link to a blog about the writers experience with The Secret! Reblogging and so good to read your uplifting (as always) post. Somehow when I visit I imagine you smiling. Have a lovely week.
Oh I have missed you Saymber and the smiles you bring to me! 😀 I hope you have been good and lots to catch up. Hugs and hugs again! Sharon
Reblogged this on saymberblondi and commented:
This writing is from one of the most positive writers I follow and her message really ties in nicely to my link today. It’s great to see so many folks speaking the same language! 🙂
Thank you so much for this kind reblog. Your generous heart is a joy to me. Sharon
Beautifully put. I grew up with Mrs Do-As-You-Would-Be-Done-By in Charles Kingsley’s The Water babies and it has always been my philosophy and one we brought our own children up with.
Thank you for the delightfully happy photographs and for your very wise words. 🙂
My dear Sally,
It brought a smile to my face to read the simplicity and honesty of this statement. Some things in life are straightforward teachings which we have somehow managed to lose sight of today. I am glad it is alive and well in you and yours. Always so good when you write! Sharon
I miss your wonderful posts, just like this one, Kakak Sharon! There’s so much positive energy on this post, I am happy to share it on my Twitter and Facebook Page.
I have just realized that I have not been updated with your posts, and that’s because of the current WordPress subscription, so I am changing to into email subscription, so the next time you post I’ll get updated. How many times per week are you posting? Do you have a specific schedule, so I know when to expect your fabulous posts to enter to my inbox?
Hope you are well, and so are your husband and the little prince, many blessings and much love to you all 🙂 ♥
Hello hello my Adik Subhan!
So very good to see you here again! Thank you so much for your time and I appreciate the warm support. I still haven’t figured out how Twitter works 😀
I try to post once a week – however, I’m unable to pin down a day because the family comes first and there’s always something which crops up which changes the schedules of my writing. How are you getting on with your writing. I always look forward to the time that I can come and sit down properly to enjoy your latest work.
I will write to you soon. I hope you have been well. Please let me know how you are doing. Thank you so much for your warm wishes. I truly appreciate them and feel your blessings across the miles. May you know this message comes to you with much love, support and blessings to you. May all your endeavours be blessed. Sharon
I am here! I am not fully recovered, but I am better with the shower of your love and warm wishes from others, so thank you for that! 🙂
My writing is going well, I am filling all the holes in the story before submitting it to my mentor, hope all is well. Some of my latest posts with ‘Nasheva’ on them, are from the manuscript.
I plan to share your other awesome posts tomorrow, I have got to take turn, by doing it one everyday because I don’t want to overwhelm my followers. But yeah, I’ve been recommending your blog to some friends and my followers and they seem to be enjoying your way of illuminating the world with your Light of Love ♥
I hope you try to take it easy and rest whenever possible. You are young and your body will recover well if you provide it with the right condition. I know I sound like an Aunty 😀
I’m so glad to know that your writing is progressing extremely well! You are a very disciplined and hard-working young man to keep to this schedule!
Your generous spirit is precious to me. Thank you so much once again and may all that you give be multiplied in return. Kakak Sharon
So true! The more encouragement – as with love – we give away, the more we have to give.
Thanks for another lovely insight. Take care, Jeanne
Thank you so much for writing and please forgive me for this late reply. I appreciate your time and the thought you put into your words always. I believe I learn from these exchanges just as much. Much love, Sharon
Your writing always exhorts people to be better than they are. 🙂
For my part, I can say that whatever good thing I can do today or whatever improvement I have experienced in myself is largely due to the encouragement of people who cared enough to tell me about the good things that I can do and am capable of doing. Such kindness is worth passing on to others, as you have nicely said. 🙂
Blessings to you Sharon. 🙂
My dear Imelda,
Please forgive me for this very late reply to your comment! I so agree that so much of who we are and all that we can be can be attributed to someone who took the time to nurture and draw out the strengths within us. And what a gift it is to have given and to receive the power of encouragement. Many blessings to you and I cherish hearing from you dear one. Sharon
Greetings, I connect to such deep love when I come across someone else who is also empowering others as you are. We are old souls who embrace love in it’s finer expressions. I love what your doing here… march on brave one.
I see you’ve found your way in my garden of blogs, and I am tickled.
I thank you for coming over and leaving me this wonderful message! I apologise for this late reply. I cherish the encouragement from you and for meeting another soul working to build lives and ignite spirits. Many blessings to you too. Sharon
Dear Sharon, your writing and understanding about the heart is unsurpassed. With a spirit of caring and sharing your words bring us hope and strength in good times and bad. Thank you so much for being so special.
Such beautiful and inspiring writing ! Thank you for always sharing light, love and… encouragement. “To train our eyes to focus on the good in a person” is probably the greatest gift to give to someone. With loving-kindness.
Thanks so much for writing this Sharon.. Everyone needs encouragement along the journey. Your words of encouragement really spoke to me today. 🙂
I want to reblog this wonderful post on my own site, Sharon. It deserves to be read by as many people as possible. The whole post is a real treasure store, but I take but one example: “Encouragement has the power to release one to fulfill one’s destiny. To encourage is to protect and confer honour to another. It replenishes. It soothes. It uplifts. It imparts life.” – I could frame this and put it on my wall!
My dearest Maarit,
You don’t know how my heart filled with a contented joy at your words. Thank you for bringing my words to life into my own heart. With warm gratitude dear one. May beautiful blessings be yours. Sharon
what pictures Sharon…love them all…and of course your writing…
really happy to see your posts waiting for me in my inbox when I came back from my trip
thanks for sharing
How very wonderful to hear from you again! I believe it is the first time I have ever received a comment which contained the words “back after being with the tigers.” !! Thank you so much for coming over to catch up and not leave me one but three lovely, thoughtful messages. Indeed my heart is encouraged by your kindness. I hope the time away has been a fruitful and meaningful one for you. Welcome back my friend. Sharon
Wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for yours. 🙂
Reblogged this on Maarit Suokas-Alanko's blog and commented:
This time I’m sharing with you a post that is written by my blogger friend Sharon. Read her thoughts about encouragement. You will understand why I think as many people as possible should read this beautiful post.
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Awesome quote and I definitely agree with Ruth. The WordPress community has definitely helped me with all kinds of encouragement that is sometimes absent in my everyday life 🙂
My favorite quote is … “I truly believe great things happen when we decide to stretch ourselves to give above and beyond to another.”