The power of encouragement

Jennifer Bonn
Jen Bonn

We could all use some encouragement from time to time, but we might not realize the true power of an encouraging word. Can you think of a time when a little encouragement made a big difference for you or someone else? You might not have even realized what an impact you had. Here are a few moments where I saw the power of encouragement.

I always thought that as a teacher, one of my roles is an encourager. Teenagers usually have a million things going on in their lives, and high self-esteem is usually not synonymous with this time of life. A kind word can go a long way. Although I retired from teaching two years ago, I have been tutoring five girls in French. Their teacher is a perfectionist and because one girl has a southern accent, the teacher told her that her pronunciation is bad. I had to tell her that she was pronouncing things just fine, her southern accent was part of her identity, and The French were going to understand her. I wish you could have seen her face light up. She wants to learn the language so badly, and she needs some encouragement to build up her confidence.

I often see the importance of encouragement when I am at a race. There are so many stories and struggles out there on the road and trail. At a recent race, I had just started my kneepocalypse adventure, and I had to run slowly. When I was about a half mile out I came up to a woman with a knee brace who would run then walk. It was obvious she was struggling. I ran next to her and said, “I’m having trouble with my knee too. Do you want to run in with me?” She said yes and I talked with her the rest of the way trying to get her mind off her knee. She came up to me later and thanked me for the encouragement, and then reached out to me on social media and thanked me again. We are friends now because I took a moment to encourage her.

As a writer, I need encouragement. I love when I see writers encouraging each other, offering some advice, or saying to not give up.

See what you can do with encouragement. Who can you lift up? I also hope that someone does the same for you.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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