Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 Focus: We take turns encouraging and guiding each other.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Focus: We take turns encouraging and guiding each other.

In the Hawaiian tradition, families and friends often swim long distances together, and when one becomes injured or exhausted, the others will keep the tired one afloat, massaging them in the water before the group swims on. They stop, tread water, and encourage their loved one to keep swimming.

This is an apt metaphor for the art of encouragement: keeping each other afloat when we’re tired, keeping each other swimming and guiding each other back into the current.

The psychologist Ira Progoff puts it this way, “Love depends upon the capacity to reach beneath the surface of persons, to feel and touch the seed of life that is hidden there. And love becomes a power when it is capable of evoking that seed and drawing it forth from its hiding place.” O how we take turns. And the world grows.

Excerpted from: The Art of Encouragement: How to Encourage Yourself & Others by Mark Nepo.

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