Words of encouragement. A small gift that can help a person blossom as a step is taken into the unknown.
As a teacher of young children, I spend a lot of my day encouraging children to do their best – or even to try new things. I encourage a girl to speak up and use her voice in order to ask for what she needs; I encourage a boy to try some art and to move away from only using blocks to create; I encourage a child to try writing a few letters; I encourage a student to sound out words and try read what has been printed in a book. These words of encouragement have become a an integral part of me: “You can do it!”; “All I ask is that you do your best”; “I am so proud of you for trying”.
Giving words of encouragement takes so little effort and yet can seem so much to the one receiving them. I think back on my life and I know that I have done many things because there was someone who encouraged me: going to university; travelling to Europe on my own in my early twenties; beginning my career as a teacher; getting my driver’s licence; cooking my first meal for my friends; dancing in competitions. Remembering this I now try to encourage my own children to try what they tentatively think of doing: whether it is to try out for a team sport, or to get involved in a club at school. In this way, I hope they gain the confidence to step into the unknown.
What have you been encouraged to do recently?
(This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday prompt: Encouragement)