Several times throughout this week, I have been the recipient of encouraging words. I celebrate these gifts.
A fellow teacher thanked me for the invitation I had emailed in March inviting the ESL teachers to join in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. It had prompted her to start writing again (unknown to me, she had worked as a journalist before she became a teacher). She said how it has meant so much to her to be writing again. I feel grateful and encouraged to keep telling my story of starting to write, and how much I believe in teachers as writers.
That is just one example. In each case, the words were few, said in a fleeting moment, but the effect will be far-reaching. I know I will think of them again when they are needed. And I hope the heart memory of the feeling those words gave me will remind to speak encouraging words to others. Such an easy thing to do, really, and yet so powerful.