• James McNeil

What happens when the encouragers need to be encouraged?

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." Mother Teresa

The other day, I was given a huge compliment, and it gave me the chance to think about a few things. The compliment was that I was an encourager, and that I brought a lot to the team at work with my encouragement. I appreciated the compliment, and to me being called an encourager is definitely a compliment. But it also made me wonder about the times that I let life get to me. (And yes, I still have those days too.)

What about those times I'm not as encouraging. Yesterday, I had a wake up call from another coworker. I'd received some frustrating news, and as expected, it left me in a sour mood. I was not posting encouraging messages to coworkers in the chat we used, nor was I being my friendly self.

A coworker reached out and asked if I was okay. I mentioned that I was frustrated, and he said that he could tell. I wasn't myself. It made me start to think about the times that I am frustrated and the way I interact with others. What if that's all they ever saw? Would they think of me as encourager? Or even more important, could I have been the only person that would have encouraged them that day?

I'm not beating myself up by asking these questions. I'm just wondering. Is there a way I can do better? I know I can do better, and I pray daily that I am able to do so. For the days I fail, I will pick myself back up again, ask for forgiveness, and move on. I will forgive myself and work at doing better tomorrow.

You can too. As much as you can, follow Mother Teresa's advice. Never let anyone come to you without leaving happier. But when your mood is dark, and you're not able to do this, don't beat youreslf up. Just do better tomorrow.

That's all we can ask.

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