Our words have great influence in the lives of those around us, and spoken affirmations or “blessings” can bring hope, encouragement, and self-esteem to our families, friends, and others.
However, opportunities to genuinely affirm, or bless others pass us by every day! No doubt, all of us at some time have noticed someone who looked especially nice or who had done a great job on something and let it go unnoticed. And most of us know first-hand how deflating it can be to have accomplished something or gone out of our way for someone – only to have it overlooked. Yet, if someone takes notice and says, “Wow, great job!” we feel warm, appreciated and validated. We feel good about ourselves and about the other person. Positive affirmations empower us to risk and take chances and to be and do our very best.
It’s not always the most natural response to speak out loud the good thoughts we have about others. In fact, it is often easiest to hold onto our judgments and criticisms instead. When we adjust our attitudes, however, and focus on the positive traits in others, we will discover the truth in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words:
“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”
So today, let’s make it a point to speak words that bless, encourage, inspire and uplift. Let’s focus on the positive qualities in our friends and praise them for their strengths, affirming the character traits that we appreciate so much and so often take for granted.
In that spirit, we hope that YOU feel appreciated, and blessed today in all your endeavors.