When we break down the word “encouragement” we find the word “courage” in it. Encouraging others means planting the seed of courage in their lives.
We can experience this by giving esteem. Encouraging esteem can have the form of a heartening smile as well as comforting words. Esteem creates the feeling of being supported – by being accepted.
Giving esteem always means giving attention. Just by receiving attention people feel themselves as being precious, which in turn causes them to be more self-sure about what they are and what they are doing. Isn’t there any better expression of encouragement? People who receive esteem receive courage for their own life, for their own personality. Sometimes they need just a small sign of esteem to realize that they’re on the right way.
Through your esteem toward people you plant the seed of courage in them.
The United Nations has designated October 5th as World Habitat Day.
The goal of World Habitat Day is to raise awareness about global housing situations and to remind us that everyone should have a safe and decent place to call home.
Expressing respect toward people includes ensuring housing for everyone. Shelter is as life-essential as having enough food and water.
When we want to give a sign of esteem toward people we can do it by being interested in their housing situation. You might be surprised to find out how many people in your community are without adequate housing.
Every big change starts with a small step. We can give esteem to World Habitat Day by being attentive toward the housing situation in our own neighborhood.
Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, MA and creator of the smiley face in 1963, started World Smile Day 10 years ago.
His goal was that people would dedicate a whole day to smiles and kind acts throughout the world. He noted that the smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion and at least one day each year neither should we.
One of the easiest signs of esteem is a smile. A simple smile gives people a feeling of being noticed and appreciated. You can’t smile open-heartedly and have negative thoughts. Smiling creates happiness in the receivers as well as the givers.
Today, on World Smile Day, we can give away our smile even more freely than on other days. When we experience the positive impact of this powerful but simple sign of esteem we won’t stop smiling all the other days of the year.
Tomorrow the world will celebrate the International Day of Older Persons. The theme this year is: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Older Persons: Towards a Society for All Ages.
This theme expresses exactly what esteem is all about. A society for all ages means all ages receive esteem equally. Giving esteem toward older persons makes them feel an important part of society.
Being retired from active working life shouldn’t mean that older persons get less attention and esteem.
Older persons deserve esteem as much as anyone else. The International Day of Older Persons reminds us to give esteem toward elderly, whether they are members of our family or strangers, by giving them independence, participation, care, self-fulfillment and dignity.
When we think of how we can express esteem in our daily life we can overlook the simplest ways to do it. Smiling at people we meet throughout our day is one simple sign of esteem. Another is to greet the people we meet.
Greeting is a strong sign to show that we “see” a person. It creates the feeling in them that they are acknowledged in a very essential way. When we greet someone we take notice of them.
You can grasp the the importance of this esteemful sign when you imagine being among people who don’t take notice of you. It makes you feel invisible and unacknowledged.
Greeting shows an acknowledgment of being here and is a wonderful way to show esteem toward people.
In a world where the most outgoing people seem to get the most attention shyness could be considered an undesirable trait. Some people even make the connection between shyness and low self-esteem.
In time we come to learn this isn’t necessarily true. There are shy people and there are outgoing people, and shyness doesn’t necessarily mean low self-esteem.
It’s okay to have a shy personality. These people should stay as they are, because it’s an expression of their own personality. Shyness can be compatible with a high self-esteem.
Shyness can on the other hand originate from bad life experiences or low self-confidence. In these cases, shyness is not considered a positive part of the personality.
Developing a high self-esteem can lead one to overcome this kind of shyness.
Esteem can mean thankfulness as well as attention. When we express esteem for life we means also thankfulness and attention for life.
Remembering that each day is a present makes the day precious. It’s not like we have a guarantee of life. We receive life as a present which makes us thankful and attentive toward life.
Esteem for life can mean that we wake up in the morning with the first thought: thank you for my life. We give thankfulness and attention to our life – we give esteem for life.
The first World Indigenous Nations Games will take place in 2012 in Winnipeg, Canada. This major sporting event will consist of traditional games of the different indigenous nations around the world and also includes several modern sports.
This resolution was adopted at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York last month. This Forum speaks for the 370 million people still living according to their ancestor’s traditions. The majority of the participants still live in protected areas and speak their ancient language.
The World Indigenous Nations Games will give these athletes esteem and worldwide recognition.
Today you are celebrated by your family members.
Today you get esteem for being a mother.
Today you can feel happy and acknowledged.
Today your self-esteem will get a big boost.
The happiness you experience today is because of esteem. You can make this day the first day of the rest of your life by giving esteem back to others and creating the same feeling for others by boosting their self-esteem.
Sometimes it takes an ecological crisis to focus our attention toward rural labor. Farming and ranching is one of the foundations of our society. We need people who want to be employed in rural labor. These people need our esteem.
Japan has its own expression for people who want to work on farms: Inaka-de-hatarakitai – meaning “we want to work in the countryside”.
For Japan this movement has grown out of recession. People in search of jobs can often find it with farmers needing helping hands.
It’s important to give esteem toward rural labor as well as toward any other labor. Each profession is precious for our society even when the labor doesn’t occur in front of our eyes.