Surrounded by Affirmation

Surrounded by Affirmation

Yes, I am guilty of being a part of the crowd… taking a bathroom selfie. However, it was with good reason!

I have been substituting, at a particular school, often.  In the adult restroom, there was a pad of sticky notes and a pen on the shelf.  Each day I was there, the sticky notes multiplied, until the mirror was almost covered.

When I had a moment to spare, I read what was on the notes.  To my pleasant surprise, each note had some saying of encouragement on it.  Being the ever-alert blogger that I am (getting my content from things I notice around me) this seemed the perfect opportunity to discuss positive teamwork, lifting each other up, and encouraging others on a daily basis.

Have you ever heard of, or read, “The Five Love Languages,” by Gary Chapman?  Words of Affirmation is one of the ways people feel loved.  The others are: Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.  Word of affirmation is not my love language, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t nice to receive them. Right? 

One definition of affirmation is: “emotional support or encouragement.” Most people appreciate someone else noticing they are doing a good job, or they look nice, or they are making an extra effort. Even a simple “Thank you” or “I appreciate you” can bring a smile to someone’s face.

It is a much more pleasant work environment when people are being kind and supporting each other instead of ridiculing and criticizing each other.  Negative work places can be found in any career path, and it only takes one person to bring the whole place down.  Could it be that it only needs one person to build it up again?  I happen to think so.

I am blessed with a, mostly, positive attitude. Not always, I mean, everybody has there days, but in general I tend to be an encourager of others.  I have recently been excitedly welcomed by a couple different principals as they made comments about being happy to see me and what a good attitude I bring with me.  If it can be noticed from me, it can be noticed from others.  Let’s make a pact to be an encourager in 2020.

What are some ways you can positively encourage others?

  • Get to know them better, create a real relationship with them.
  • If someone crosses your mind, even for no apparent reason, send them a quick text letting them know you were thinking of them.
  • Be kind, smile at them and tell them you appreciate them
  • Be a good listener and be present when in a conversation (put away the phone)
  • Write little positive notes (like in the picture)
  • Lead by example.  Positivity and joy are contagious. Encourage others to follow your example.

Being positive and encouraging others is a choice, and the choice is yours.  Would you rather be a grumpy ol’ Scrooge and put people down, or a Bob Cratchit and lift people up?  Yes, I’m still in a Christmas season state of mind.  So, in the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one.”