We are social creatures, and social creatures need encouragement. I know I do, at least. Maybe need is too strong a word; I want encouragement. In fact, I’m pretty easy with just a little bit of it!
It wouldn’t be so easy these days to sway or influence me with encouragement, though, simply because I know the worth of what I am doing to myself and for myself. I know my work has value to the Universe, but it sure in the hell is nice to hear a fellow creature tell me what I’m doing means something to them. Is that Ego? Maybe my desire to hear such things are; however, encouraging someone else, if it is sincere, is a Heart function.
Merriam-Webster, in part, defines “encourage” as “to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope” or “to spur on” or “to give help or patronage to.” As social creatures in a time-space dimension of illusion, we all need some form of encouragement. As mortals bearing eternal Spirit as Heart in this same plane of existence, we all have the ability to give and offer Heart-encouragement.
So, yes, I want to enjoy, to feel, and to know encouragement that inspires me to have courage in the face of challenges, spirit in the sure arising of despair, and hope to bolster my faith. I won’t quit writing, influencing, or encouraging others to discover until and unless my Heart makes it clear Vision has been realized and Mission has been fulfilled.
Along the way, I am quite sure what I am doing on a day to day basis is not only fun, fulfilling, and significant for living the reality of eternal Spirit through this mind-soul-body complex, but also it means something to fellow human beings. And in a real way, that is encouragement enough from my own Heart, and it has been many times over the last fifteen plus months, specifically, and for the last six years, generally.
In some ways it’s cyclical. Encouragement inspires me to continue working my Purpose, my Vision, and Mission to encourage others. Roy T. Bennet is an author who published an ebook, The Light in the Heart (which you may want to purchase through Amazon — highly recommended!), and in his wisdom, he writes, “When you encourage others, you boost their self-esteem, enhance their self-confidence, make them work harder, lift their spirits and make them successful in their endeavors. Encouragement goes straight to the heart and is always available. Be an encourager. Always.” That’s only true if you wish to bless others. That’s a hallmark of Heart-energy.
This new week, being an encourager could end up being an encouragement to you. Being an encourager promotes love, self-awareness of those you encourage, and higher life energies.
This week is a good week to allow our own Heart to encourage us. Take that encouragement and bless others with it, and then, allow the blessings to flow to you.
In a letter, Johann W. von Goethe, in his insight said, “Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” My experience teaching proved this to be true multiple times over. When I felt a student just wasn’t getting something or wasn’t motivated, a few words of honest encouragement turned disengaged students into aspiring writers, communicators, or teachers. I can tell you those students who received encouragement to their Hearts truly encouraged me.
Be of good cheer!
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!