Walking through a park the other day, I saw a woman teaching her grandson how to push himself on a swing set. While the little boy was struggling to get his feet to touch the ground, the woman said, “Come on, you can do it. I can’t be with you forever. You’re going to have to learn to push yourself.”
The little boy shouted back with glee, “I know Grandma, but I can do it. I just need to push myself and then reach for the sun.” With a huge smile shining across her face, Grandma softly said, “That’s right, honey… always reach for the sun.”
Sometimes, all people need is a few kind words of encouragement. A gentle push to help them on their journey.
Richard Devos, the co-founder of Amway and the co-owner of the Orlando Magic Basketball team, once said, “Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”
Like Grandma, we all know people who are trying to achieve a goal or accomplish a task who may be struggling a bit. You may know someone who is facing a difficult challenge or issue. Perhaps, the issue they’re facing is self-induced – the result of something that person did or did not do – or maybe it was nothing more than bad timing – being in the wrong place at the wrong time, an unfortunate incident, etc. While, as Andrew Carnegie once noted, “You cannot push any one up a ladder unless that person is willing to climb a little themselves” is true (we can’t be expected to do the work that others need to do for themselves) – we can always provide some words of encouragement.
Today, make a point to give a word of encouragement to someone else. Is there someone you know who is struggling a bit with a goal, a task, a dream? Is it possible for you to offer them a kind or encouraging word? If so, do it.
And don’t look for a response or anything in return from that person. The need to be thanked in return is your ego screaming for attention. Being kind, compassionate or encouraging to others has no room for your ego. It’s about giving, not taking.
And through that giving; through something as small as a few kind words, you can change a life; you can help someone live a dream. You truly have no idea how far your words can inspire others.
That is happiness. As the Chinese Proverb stated: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime… help somebody.”
Today, help someone reach for the sun!
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