It’s amazing how a few words of encouragement can make a difference in somebody’s day. This morning I was hiking a nearby mountain (as you do on a Monday morning Ha Ha) and it took 35 minutes up and back. I decided, after the pizza and wine over the weekend, that I really should do a bit more exercise, so I headed up again.
About half way up, during the steepest part, I was having second thoughts. I was struggling to catch my breath, the breeze had dropped so it was now quite hot, and my legs were reminding me that it had been way too long since I had exercised.
An elderly man, who I had passed on the way down, was now on his way back from the top of the mountain, and as he passed me he said “Good on you”. He recognised that it was my second climb that morning and I thanked him, smiled, and continued my climb, but with renewed vigour, and a smile on my face that lasted all the way to the top. Just those few words, said with sincerity, was enough to motivate me to keep going.
A few weeks ago I had a scare when I discovered a lump in my breast. It was a public holiday and so that gave me the whole day, and night, to contemplate how my discovery could effect my life. By the next morning, when I called to make an appointment to see my GP, I was pretty distressed. I waited until opening time and called immediately. The receptionist answered in a curt, professional manner, and I just didn’t know what to say. All that came out was “I found a lump yesterday morning in my breast and I don’t know what to do”.
Her voice immediately changed to a kind tone, as she asked me a few more questions, and organised the earliest time to come in, which was within the hour. She was lovely but what was truly a gift was when she said goodbye she said to me “It’s going to be alright”.
I didn’t realise how much I had needed to hear those words until I heard them, and I instantly felt a wave of relief flood over me, and I knew that I was in good hands. For the whole day, as I went from test to test, that’s all I kept hearing in my mind was her kind voice telling me “it’s going to be alright”.
I looked for her at reception as I wanted to thank her, but she wasn’t there. I wanted to tell her how much of a positive effect her kind words had had on me during what was one of my more challenging days. Just a few words that took her less than a second to say, said with sincerity, had a profound effect on me.
Like the man on the mountain who said “Good on you” for climbing the mountain twice, a few words of encouragement is sometimes all that it takes to change your frame of mind and to give you the encouragement you need to take the next step or to face your biggest fears.
Neither the man on the mountain, nor the receptionist, will probably ever know how much their few little words meant to me, but that doesn’t matter to them. What matters is that they took the time to actually say them.
if more people encouraged others with words of kindness and support, the world would be a much better place don’t you think? So today, and for the next week, month and forever I want to invite you to share words of encouragement everywhere you go because you just never know what that other person is going through and you might just make a difference in their day, or even their life.
Share the love xo