Everyone Needs Encouragement Now and Then
This post is going to be different from most.
I wanted —
No, I needed to have this moment with the people who allow me to encourage their spirit and bring about positive change in their lives.
The past few hours have been a bit rough on me and many other Americans after the 2016 election.
Trust me. This is not a political statement post. It is an post of encouragement.
Really. It is.
I realized I needed encouragement when I found myself holding on to Kelly for dear life, sobbing in her arms, as if someone was going to take her away from me.
I realized it again while I was sitting on the bus going into work and more tears started to fall.
When I thought about all the people I know with special needs children, my fellow LGBT community, and what the result could mean for people of color, I wept.
You see, even I need some encouragement sometimes. So this post is for all of us. It is in regards to any part of your life where you need it.
Where do you find that encouragement? Well….
Sometimes You Have to Encourage Yourself
Sometimes you have to encourage yourself is the first verse of a gospel song called Encourage Yourself by Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers.
That is what we have to do when we are feeling low, lonely, or lost – encourage ourselves.
The other choices – wallowing in your low point, pity, anger, frustration, and sadness do not do you any good. You cannot press forward or grow in that space.
Mend your broken heart by encouraging yourself.
Even if you are not into gospel music, listen to the words of the song.
Find Encouragement Here
I took some time to go back to some older posts that we can use as reminders. Some share how to deal with stress, which can result from being discouraged. Others deal with disappointment. Check them out.
I end with these words of encouragement for ALL of us.
My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do. – Hillary Rodham Clinton
I encourage you to not give in to what ails you. Control what you can control. Finally, keep the faith and encourage yourself.