• the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.
• persuasion to do or to continue something.
• the act of trying to stimulate the development of an activity, state, or belief .
There is something to be said for encouragement. When someone offers you encouragement, it re-ignites a flame that could be wavering on the edge of being extinguished.
That small kick or push that one gives you, despite how insignificant it may seem, holds a great deal of weight. I wanted to thank a friend for his encouragement today (by linking to one of his posts) and to all those in the past that have offered words of encouragement.
I encourage you all to live your passions and follow your path.
As today is day ninety of my positive project, I sit in amazement at how far this has gone. Even though I set out to do this for an entire year, I did not have confidence that I would get past two weeks! So to hit the three month mark is astounding.
I wanted to use this milestone as an opportunity to recap and to highlight the changes that have stood strong up until now.
It has now become common practice for me to look for something positive in each day as it passes. I have heard before that it takes ninety days for a habit to take root, or for a new mindset to form. I feel that it didn’t take that long for me, but I can safely say, that there isn’t a day that passes during which I do not find myself searching for positivity. This in itself is a positive change, a way of living that increases your well being and improves health through positive reinforcements. Not one positive change or acknowledgement has had any negative repercussions. Yes, it can be time consuming and occasionally very testing to see positivity on every single day, but if you look for it, you find it.
Some of my posts are simply an observation or a minor action of positivity, but others are actual complete changes, I have managed to maintain many of the changes and list a few of them below….
1) Conscious of whether I really need to turn the light on
2) No Beef has been eaten since starting my year of no beef
3) Don’t use paper towels or hand dryers in public washrooms
4) Eat organic where possible
5) Never use a take out cup
6) Stopped taking milk & sugar in coffee
7) Regularly donate to worthy environmental organizations
8) Opening the window during a shower instead of using extractor fan
9) Making certain food from scratch where possible
10) Recycle where possible
11) Following my passions more closely
12) Regularly make a date with nature
13) Regular exercise
14) Remain politically active in trying to shape the future
16) Continue to minimize belongings
17) I have become more giving
18) Mindful of reducing waste in all areas of life, from plastic forks, to carrier bags, it is at the forefront of my mind.
There are many more changes, my point here, is to simply highlight how it has changed my life and has had such a positive effect. I am also aware that it has had a similar effect on other people that have been reading my words. This proves a point that every change we make in our lives has a knock on effect and we should never underestimate how powerful a small individual change can be.
If we stay positive and focus on a positive change for the world, people will follow suit. If something is so beneficial then why wouldn’t one want to change to make that difference. I have faith that a positive outlook can stretch around the globe and take root. If the drinks brand ‘coke’ or the word ‘iPod’ can become a household name, or the Internet sensation twitter can become common place amongst millions of people, then we can surely change the face of the world.
It all starts with you.
Today, for the last 11 hours, I have had, and still have, a killer headache. It has pretty much immobilized me, or at least slowed me down. I was thankfully in a position whereby I could rest in a dark room, watching a couple of movies. I didn’t want to do anything, or even write my daily blog, until I checked an email.
Reading this blog was all I needed to encourage me not to give up. It made me realize how much support is out there and how important it is to support those around us. We very rarely realize how our action can have such an impact on others. It has reminded me how valuable support is and how simple it can be to help others, sometimes even without knowing it.
Now my blog is written, all whilst my food was cooking. Although my headache is still there, I feel better knowing I have achieved something.
In years gone by, I have been very wasteful of my vote in democracy polls. When I lived in England, I only remember voting once and that was on the first time I was allowed to vote! I only really voted because I was now allowed to by age! And to be honest, I didn’t know who to vote for, so I took the advice of my Dad!
Now I live in Canada and I am NOT able to vote this year due to my status, it has made me realise the importance of voting, because now I feel hopeless in regards to helping to steer the country / world in the right direction. Out of ALL the things we could possibly do to “put things right” or “have our say”, this is the one thing that is the simplest, yet most effective method of making a difference.
Many countries are fighting to the death in order to win the right to vote, yet in the last elections here in Canada only 58% of registered voters actually went out and voted. Please don’t waste your right to make a difference in the future of the planet. There is no point in complaining about your situation and then not voting!