* Today’s Warm and Fuzzy is dedicated to the memory and honor of my parents, Bob and Suzanne. Thank you so very much for encouraging me and loving me the way you did. You are loved and missed. ~Robynn
My dad was an encourager. He cheered my dreams and goals and celebrated when I achieved them. He knew how to say the right things to get me motivated to chase my dreams. I never realized how rare that was until he passed away.
I was looking around the other day and could just see the hurt and struggle in people’s eyes and their actions. And I could relate. It was an anniversary of sorts for me. The anniversary of my mother’s passing and just days away from the anniversary of my dad’s passing, and I was struggling with grief and loss.
So as I looked at the world through those jaded, narrow glasses, I could see hurt all around me. And then divine intervention delivered me.
During my self-pity party, a woman engaged me in a conversation. And, as if she knew what I was thinking, she said, “You are doing great. You hang in there.” And with that, those simple words, my spirit was lifted. Just a little encouragement went a long way in lifting me out of my darkness.
I want to be like that. I want to be an encourager. I want to not just see the pain in people’s eyes, I want to have the right words to say to them, that might make their load a little lighter and their journey just a little easier. I want to be an encourager.
And I think that would be a dream and a goal my dad would have cheered for.
So, I’ll start with you, here and now. You are doing great. You hang in there. You are so not alone.
Written by Robynn S. Jaymes