Photo by JB in Pacifica
Do not keep the alabaster boxes of your love and tenderness sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled by them. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
There are different ways of feeling kinship and connection.
Spiritually, we’re all waves in the same ocean, we’re air, we’re light, we’re dust motes and raindrops. I breathe you in, you breathe me out.
We all resonate to different frequencies, feel connected to people, places, creatures, concepts, sensations and objects, but what happens when we become disconnected from ourselves?
I’ve been feeling that a lot recently, but comments I’ve received in the boxes here over the last few days have not only made me feel connected and encouraged, but re-aligned to myself, my mission and the people I care about. The flu’s nearly gone. My writing voice feels healthier again, too.
Maybe it’s because of the origins of the word, but encouragement makes its home in my heart. The words I received in response to a tired plea have kept a flame alight that was threatening to flicker out and die. Thanks to everyone who wrote to help me.
And thanks to my husband, who held everything together when I was ill. If I were to write a list about encouragement, it would include these:
Encouragement is a hand on my shoulder….
Encouragement is a cup of coffee laid by the computer…
Here are a few quotes that sang to me today:
Friendship is not essentially a union of personalities, it is an attraction and magnetism of souls. ~ Thomas Moore
Every soul that touches yours—
Be it the slightest contact—
Gets therefrom some good;
Some little grace; one kindly thought;
One aspiration yet unfelt;
One bit of courage
For the darkening sky;
One gleam of faith
To brave the thickening ills of life;
One glimpse of brighter skies-
To make this life worthwhile
And heaven a surer heritage. ~George Eliot
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it.
Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.
Be good friends who love deeply;
practice playing second fiddle….
Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy;
share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other;
don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies;
don’t be the great somebody.
Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. ~Romans 12:9-10, 15-17 (The Message)
This above all: to thine own self be true
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man. ~ Shakespeare
In our whole life melody the music is broken off here and there by rests, and we foolishly think we have come to the end of time. God sends a time of forced leisure, a time of sickness and disappointed plans, and makes a sudden pause in the hymn of our lives, and we lament that our voice must be silent and our part missing in the music which ever goes up to the ear of our creator. Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the time and not be dismayed at the rests. If we look up, God will beat the time for us. ~ John Ruskin
Do not close yourself off from life because of fear. Do not build walls of expectations or dictate terms for who, what, how and when the Universe will deliver. Expect miracles and see miracles, even in the simple, mundane round of life. Love each moment as it comes. Embrace it fully. Immerse yourself in this moment, this reality. Be aware. Be yourself. Be brave and dare to live from the very centre of your being. ~ Candy Paull
Try writing your own Encouragement is… list.