Mark Twain said, “I can live two months on one good compliment.”
The legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, understood the truth of Twain’s statement and had a special way of making sure his players applied it. Wooden instructed his players that whenever a basket was made, the scoring player was required to smile, wink, or nod at the player who passed him the ball. When Coach Wooden gave these instructions to the team, one new player asked, “But coach, what if he’s not looking?” Wooden replied, “I guarantee he’ll look.” He’s right, everyone is looking for encouragement and affirmation.
What kinds of encouragement are we giving to those we encounter everyday? What about the person who waits on you at the restaurant, the store, the bank? What about those persons who cut your hair or mow your yard? What about those in your family? Your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends? We can all be more encouraging, try it and I guarantee they will be looking.