Gratitude Day 14: Encouragement

I am grateful to people who offer me encouragement.  As I completed the last two posts, a couple of people near and dear to my heart were going through traumatic circumstances. When I received the news as to what was going on my heart sank down to the pit of my stomach. I couldn’t believe it.  It got me to thinking more intensely about gratitude, how powerful it can be not only for ourselves but for those around us. How can we be more intentional about nurturing the relationships we have, the ones that are true, living, ones we come in contact with on a regular, day-to-day basis to let people know we’re thinking of them, love and support them?

After my mother died in 2015, I became withdrawn, depressed and disappointed in people who I felt should have been there for me but weren’t. The glorious thing was there were two women, one I knew and one I did not, who made it their mission to encourage me by meeting and praying with me or sending me scriptures, inspirational quotes, and funny memes.  It sounds like a simple task but it takes commitment (like writing these posts for 21 days). I don’t take it for granted.  

Encouragement was what I needed then. It was the bridge that helped me get back to the better version of myself. To this day, those same two women who do not know one another, still take time to encourage and lift me up. I wish everyone was so lucky. It truly means the world to me which is why I will forever pay it forward.

Writing Prompt: In what ways do words of encouragement (be it a poem, song, scripture or spoken words from lips to ears) lift you?

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