Noun. 1. The action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope. "thank you for all of your support and encouragement" Synonyms: heartening, cheering up, inspirations, motivation, stimulation, fortification.
I know most bloggers do a year in review for December themes but I've always done my own thing, so this is no exception. I LOVE December and Christmas. It makes me happy to choose individualized gifts for friends and family. I tend to volunteer more of my time to local causes during this month as well which also makes me happy.
As I sat down to think about this year's December monthly theme, encouragement kept popping into my head. When I volunteer, just as when I coach or provide therapy, I try to always find an encouraging word, smile or other way to make sure I am inspiring and instilling HOPE to those I am helping.
You may be thinking that in your particular situation, whether it be a child who is challenged with selective eating or a student who is challenged with life skills, there is no hope and nothing to encourage. I'm asking you to look more closely as there is ALWAYS something to encourage in another-especially a child.
Let them know that you hear them, see them and that they are important-encourage them. How do you encourage your children, students, friends or colleagues? I'd love to hear.
Until next time, keep growing and blooming.