Let’s face it, everyone needs encouragement sometimes. But when we offer words of encouragement for a friend, not only do we express our good will toward that particular person, but we also spread positiveness into the world. And yes, the world can use some more positiveness. Let’s look at ways to be more encouraging, while spreading the goodness to everyone.
Encouragement to a friend offers support during a time of difficulty. In daily practice, it’s a show of your commitment and compassion. There is a saying: We can not choose our family, but we can choose our friends. This is very true. We pick our friends, based on our mutual compatibility and circumstances. Once the friendship is made, it represents a bond between two people who made an emotional commitment to one another.
Among unspoken rules of friendship, there are mutual support and encouragement. A friendship isn’t complete without them. It’s one thing to have fun and enjoy the good times with your friends. But it’s in the time of need, that real friendships are tested. It is then, that the bond is strengthened or weakened. Practice being there for your friends, with the following encouragements.
I’m thinking of you
I can not be with you in person, but I’m with you in spirit at your time of need. We are often left behind, witnessing from afar the troubles that our friends endure. But we don’t have to settle for not being there. We can easily project our support from wherever we are. In fact, with the advances in Internet communication technology, no-one has to truly be left alone anymore. No matter how far they are from us.
I am listening
Words of encouragement can also express your desire to listen. I am here for you, tell me all about it, and I promise to hear you out. To simply listen, without judgement or criticism. Listening is an art, one that is being replaced by too much talk. Too much noise. To be heard, we must now resort to hiring coaches and therapists. So become a good listener to silently support your friends and family.
I love you
Are there any other three words quite as powerful as these in the English language? This, among the noblest of human emotions is capable of moving mountains. Great figures such as Jesus have dedicated and even gave their very lives in the name of love. When you speak these words sincerely, you are saying that there is no greater dedication that can be made to a friend.
Spreading positive energy
Here is a little bit of science. We now understand that everything in the Universe consists of energy. These are also the teachings of the ancient rishis of India. Therefore even when we think, and even more so when we speak out, we are creating and sending out vibrations of energy. It’s important to note, that energy can have positive or negative quality, depending on our intent.
With each word of encouragement offered to a friend, we spread positive energy throughout the Universe. Our very intent to love, help and support, creates a powerful positive vibration. Our world is in dire need of positive energy. It’s enough to turn on the news to witness first hand, all of the negative events that plague us today. Sending out positive emotion counteracts this dark, negative presence.
As you can see, there are many different ways to offer encouragement. They are simple ways. But every kind deed and intention begins with you, and your desire to help others. To give of yourself just for the sake of giving, without the concern of what’s in it for you. Selfless offering is the greatest offering you can make. So practice giving of yourself unconditionally. Your friends will love you for it.
Live well. Vlad