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Encourage Someone, Smile

“Today’s BrightSpot!”

We all need encouragement! Why not give someone a hand or a smile today and watch what comes back to you……

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” Daniel H. Pink

When Sofy realized that her younger brother in law was in personal trouble she could have backed away. She wasn’t at all clear on what was going on in his world or how she might offer what he needed. She simply decided to Encourage Someone, Smile and just be there.

Something truly miraculous occurred when she stepped forward!

Sofy recognized his obvious distance and lack of communication as a silent call for help. She asked, “what can I do to help you?” Her question and caring gained entry into his seemingly hopeless world and she began to understand his life as he saw it through his eyes. When she listened to him first, he began to trust her and only then allowed her to show him what she envisioned as possible for him through her eyes.

What’s so great about this story is that it shows me the power we all have to support, uplift and encourage someone when they need it most. But even more that, Sofy offers assistance with great patience, understanding and love. That’s what makes her story have impact for me personally.

I am always learning the difference between really helping someone as opposed to my tendency to offer advice and or fixing to make things better. It’s taken me years to realize that people don’t want to be fixed they want to be understood and loved. Only when they ask my help or advice do I need to offer it… In the end it makes all my relationships a lot happier!

Remember that your story matters to someone else out there. You will never know the difference you make until you do as Sofy did, step forward to share your story.

“Share A BrightSpot Everyday!”

 

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Cheers,
Marlene @OurBrightSpot

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