“When you need encouragement, think of the qualities the people around you have: this one’s energy, that one’s modesty, another’s generosity, and so on. Nothing is as encouraging as when virtues are visibly embodied in the people around us, when we’re practically showered with them.”
What if I were intentional about looking for the good in those around me?
My wife’s generosity and her compassion for others regularly humble me and challenge me to give more and care more.
The college students I work with bring energy and humor and innocence that remind me not to be such a serious old man.
My daughters see in me a bigger and better person than I know myself to be. I want to become who they think I already am.
The work ethic, the patience, the common sense and common decency that I encounter from colleagues, friends, and strangers every day should move me to be better and do better.
These qualities usually pass by without my noticing, and so, too, do the gifts I could be receiving.
But if I really looked and intently focused on the ways others shine, I couldn’t help but be encouraged. And if I let them know what I see, they would be encouraged in return.
Go out of your way to warm yourself at the fire in the hearts of others. Make a habit of acknowledging and thanking and spurring on the good you’ve been given.
When you need encouragement, focus on the good that’s all around.