I got a call on Monday morning from someone I wrote an article about in last weekend's paper. She just wanted to say "thank you" and that it had helped her business.
Today, I got a message on Facebook from a friend who read yesterday's blog and was inspired to continue supporting her kids and putting them first because she saw that it really is worth it, as I have experienced.
Those little moments make life worth it. It makes it worth the effort to keep writing a blog that I wasn't sure if anyone really read. It makes it worth it to keep doing a good job at work.
That's why it's important to encourage other people. When you appreciate what someone does, say "thank you" or "good job." Tell them that what they are doing is worth it, or they might just stop doing it.
Tommy Oaks said to never resist a generous impulse. And although that was about money, it's also about being generous with your support and encouragement. When you see someone with a cute outfit, tell them. When you see someone help out a stranger tell them you noticed their effort. When you see someone who is doing a good job at a mundane job, tell them. Encouragement is so important in a world today when we all seem to be on our own and no one seems to care.