Posted by Karen Degen on 30th July 2013
A friend of mine is a self publishing author. She received mixed feedback from some people about her first book which was challenging for her to deal with. After reading it, I sent her an email to say something nice about it (that I meant, because it was actually an amazing book and I don’t think some people understood it). Today, a few months later, she told me “I have your words tattooed on my heart”. The encouraging words had helped her and continued to help her as she published her second book. I mention this not to uplift myself, but because it reminded me I need to encourage people more often. To remind myself that a kind word can make the world of difference and it costs so little.
I love receiving the daily quotes from Neale Donald Walsch. A few days ago I received one from him that said “On this day of your life, Karen, I believe God wants you to know….that to find beauty in everyone you must see beauty in everyone, then announce that you see it, for in announcing it, you place it there in their reality. Do not miss a single chance — not one single opportunity — to tell someone how wonderful they are, how special they are, how important to you they are, how incredible as a person they are, how beautiful they are inside and out. Do not miss a single opening in which to insert such a comment, genuinely felt and genuinely meant. Make it your life’s mission today to bring to the attention of another just how extraordinary they are. Say it. Say it. SAY it. Their heart is waiting to know that their own best thought about themselves can be believed.” I think with these two messages coming in the same week it really is a reminder to me that I need to do that more. How about you? Don’t miss an opportunity to tell someone how wonderful they are today. I just stopped writing this to do just that and it felt good.