This morning began in a lovely fashion!  I opened my email to find a, heartfelt, encouragement from my friend and colleague, Rob.  He had written me a note regarding my latest blog, and it made my day!  From his, kind, words I took courage and was encouraged.  So often when I complete a blog…I wonder if my readers, if indeed there are any…wonder what possessed the old man on Ash Wood Lane to compose such pedestrian dribble.  I throughly enjoy writing and my, retirement, habit of writing virtually daily, brings me much joy and satisfaction.  However, I ponder if when those who see another one of those, Happy Traveler or Jazzman blogs…think…enough.  So Rob’s praise for my meager wordsmith abilities and my, equally, slim skills as a photographer…had a brightening effect on my Monday.

I wonder how many people that we know, and that we meet…in non-pandemic times, simply need a word of encouragement?  Many are carrying terrible worries and significant issues…that they hide better than the most edept magician….and their friends and, even, family, do not have a clue of the internal struggles that they battle each day.  

During our present time of fear and terrible uncertainty…you could be the difference in another human having the strength to carry on!  I believe that we often want to say a kind word to another, but fear that they will misunderstand our intent or rebuff our extended, metaphorical, hand of friendship.  I have found that almost always a genuine compliment to another person is received like rain in the desert!  

There is a real reason that social distancing is difficult.  We are social creatures.  We need each other.  It is in our DNA to crave meaningful fellowship with our fellow travelers.  Our world is often a scary place.  We seek the warmth and security of another when we are looking for light in the darkness. 

It has been said that a person may not remember what you said…but they will always remember how you made them feel.  

The popular motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, said, ‘I really do not care how much you know…until I know how much your care…about me.’

‘A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.’     Proverbs 25:11     KJV


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