Joining today with Lisa-Jo Baker for Five Minute Friday. The rules are simple: one word, five minutes, no over-thinking or editing, link-up, visit and comment on at least the one who linked up ahead of you, invite others to join. Here we go.....
Encouragement (and why it's hard)
This is the heavy lifting. Where we hold each other up, often out of our own weakness. It’s where arms and hands and voices are lifted high from our knees, and the dusty floor, and the depths of our own drudgery.
Encouragement is the atta girl we give, when sometimes we just need to hear the words out loud for ourselves. To have the words enter through our eyes and ears and somehow make their way into our own hearts.
It’s not easy pouring water from a colander. We have leaky lives and the filling can be near futile. Encouragement is the duct tape that covers. It’s the wonderspray that makes a boat out of screen doors. And then we float. We aren’t regal or indestructible, but we are seaworthy for those moments that we are afraid we might sink.
The thing about encouragement, it’s not self-administered. We need others to do that job for us and often the asking is the first hard step.
If you are in need of encouragement I have two great opportunities for you. First, join an (in)Courage CommunityGroup. Registration starts on January 27. Get connected through the Facebook page to get all the details.
Second, for the flesh-on-flesh, in your neighborhood, look you in the eye kind, sign up today for the (in)RL meetups happening all over this spinning globe April 25-26.
I can tell you this for certain; my life has changed because of both of these.
Do you find it harder to give encouragement or ask for it? Maybe both?