How often have we declared that we will make a difference in the world with such firm resolve? And how often do we know that this can be a daunting task if we think of making an impact in one major sweep? It is truly noble and laudable to do such thing. But one small gesture to even one person can already make a huge difference to the society. As Mother Teresa said, “What we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if that drop was not in the ocean, I think the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” So yes, an action you thought was insignificant could mean the world to someone who in turn can pay forward that kind gesture to someone. And the “paying forward” can go on, making it incredibly remarkable.
Making a difference in someone’s life does not need to be grand. A simple genuine affirmation will do. Truth be told, affirmation goes a long way. In a world that’s full of negativity, criticism, and lies; an affirmation will truly nurture the soul. Not convinced? Let me ask you, how do you feel and think when you receive a genuine affirmation from someone? Doesn’t it make you feel good? To others, an affirmation enriches them emotionally and increases their motivation. Even in the workplace, a supervisor or a leader sincerely affirming their subordinates will surely find motivated, hardworking, excellent workers or staff. People respond to positive reinforcement favorably. An affirmation nurtures and builds up the spirit.
Affirmations are more than just compliments though. It is not mere flattery. It goes far beyond that. An affirmation is about genuine gratitude. It’s about recognizing the person and empowering him/her to grow and to be at their best. So you may ask, how does one affirm? If you’re not used to affirming others, this can feel fake and awkward. But don’t worry, don’t let that stop you. Start with a smile and just do it. Make sure the affirmation is meaningful to that certain person. And remember to enjoy it and make it mellow, no drama or heaviness. Be gentle. You will get over the initial awkwardness of giving affirmations as you see them smile and light up. Of course, not all people may not accept it readily but know that it may start to already hit their soul but they just do not know how to handle it. Be patient with such people.
Giving affirmations is not just great for the well-being of the receiver but it is also good for you.When you enhance others, you yourself will be refreshed and encouraged. You will find yourself basked in joy. Positivity will follow you. So begin your day with a smile in your heart and affirm people. Encourage them. Don’t let busy matters or your pride stop you. You really might make a difference on someone’s day or even, life. And don’t take anyone for granted by assuming that they already know. Make this a daily thing and a lifestyle. Even the Bible mentioned this in Hebrews 3:13, “Exhort one another daily”. When you go out to the world, bring with you a truckload of affirmations to radiate someone’s day. Be a sunshine to others.