It Doesn’t Have To Be Something
"Many things which cannot be overcome when
they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."
"Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for
yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide."
*-- Marva Collins
"The best and safest thing is to keep a balance
in your life, acknowledge
the great powers around us and in us. If you
can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man."
*-- Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
My friend, Bob Danzig, has an amazing story. Simple words of appreciation
and encouragement changed his life. Bob was in five foster homes during
his youth, and said he spent his childhood trying to find someone to love
and appreciate him.
When he was nine years old, he had a new social worker. He said after
she had done all the paperwork to move him to yet another foster home,
she sat him down, looked him directly in the eyes, and said, “Bobby, I
want you to always remember these words: YOU ARE WORTHWHILE!”
Bob says that no one had ever said anything like that to him, and each
time they met, she repeated those words. They became an affirmation of
appreciation that he heard over and over again in his head.
Bob graduated at sixteen, not because he was smart, he says, but because
he got mixed up in the system! He soon took a job at the Albany New York
Times as a copy boy, and his very first boss was a woman named Margaret.
After he had worked there about six months, Margaret called him into
her office one day and asked him to sit down. He thought for sure he was
going to be fired! She looked him right in the eyes and said to him, “I
have been the office manager for 15 years – I have been observing you –
and I believe YOU ARE FULL OF PROMISE.”
Those words, on that day, gave him permission to aspire.
Those two positive messages of appreciation played over and over again
in his head and ultimately gave him the courage to be the very best he
could be. Sixteen years later he became the Publisher of the Albany New
York Times, and seven years after that, he became CEO of Hearst Newspapers,
one of the largest newspaper companies in the world-and he credits it
all to those simple words of appreciation and love.
What a wonderful example of how little gifts of appreciation can
make such a difference in a life!
Zig Ziglar had this to say: “You never know
when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”
Simple Truths of Appreciation : Barbara Glanz
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