I’d say I am adjusting to the routine of being the mom of a school age child. Getting to the bus on time, packing lunches, and inheriting loads and loads of school papers. Except for yesterday, as I packed N’s lunch, walked her to the bus and kissed her goodbye, my heart sank. I forgot to write her note for her lunch box. I sort of panicked as I pictured her sweet spirit anxious to read her note only to find that mommy had forgotten to put one in her lunch. I raced home, wrote a note and rushed off to the school.
I felt rather silly when I walked into the school office with a little heart-shaped note in my hand. I even said, “I have a very silly request…” Much to my surprise, the receptionist took the note and said, “Oh, not silly at all. Of course we’ll get her the note. We’ll put it in her lunchbox before lunch and she’ll never know!” What a sigh of relief.
As I drove home, I thought about why it was such a big deal. N looks forward to her daily notes; it brightens her day. Bottom line, encouragement means so much.
Encouragement :: to inspire (someone) with the courage or confidence
I think it is safe to say that we all need encouragement. It feels good, doesn’t it? It gives us courage and confidence to keep on keeping on. One simple word or phrase can change someone’s perspective, day, or moment. And this is precisely why it was important to get that note into N’s lunchbox.
How many times have you thought something about someone else, but didn’t bother to say it? Whether it is because you didn’t want to look stupid, didn’t have time, or felt awkward, I challenge you to share your positive thoughts with others. For example, tell a friend she looks nice if you think she looks nice? Applaud your co-worker for being dependable? Praise your child for a great choice he made? Tell your spouse that his or her hard work is appreciated? Sometimes it seems so minuscule; small enough not to say it. And yet, your very words might be the bit of encouragement that carries them through their day. SAY IT! WRITE IT! DO IT! Be an encouragement to someone else.
It was not convenient to drive to school and drop off the note, but I loved doing it because I knew it would make her smile. A little encouragement goes a long way.
** A little insight into how much encouragement means to someone? These are three different notes that my husband has written me over the last 9 years that I still have in my wallet today. Encouragement means so much.
SAY IT :: speak out the words that come to mind
WRITE IT :: leave a note to tell someone “job well done”
DO IT :: make an extra trip just to bring a smile to someone’s face
Be encouraged today,