Sometimes We All Need This

It’s said that we should be kind because everyone we meet is fighting a battle.  We’ll never know what battle others are fighting, and others don’t know the battles that are raging inside of us.

Your Battle

You’re fighting a battle right now.  I don’t know what it is.  But I know that you can survive it, you can defeat it, and you can keep moving forward a step at a time.  I promise.

Go inward to find whatever strength you have.  If that’s not enough, reach out to your faith, your family, and your friends for support.

Their Battle

Someone you know is fighting a battle today.  It might be something minor, but it matters to that person.  Or it might be something so big, they aren’t sure how they’ll get through it.  Most of our battles fall somewhere in between.

I challenge you — go find someone and tell them how strong they are.  How they’ve made a difference for you.  That you care.

Send a virtual hug.  You will probably never know just how much it means.

Your spouse.  Your child.  Your neighbor.  A colleague.  Someone you know on Twitter or Facebook.  Anyone.  Everyone.  Because sometimes we all need someone to reach out and remind us that we’re strong and valuable.  Be that reminder for someone today.

Business?

If you must have something business related from me in this post, here it is: a business is only as strong and successful as the entrepreneur behind it.  Go build up someone else with a compliment or encouragement and you’re helping their business succeed.  It’ll come back to you.

P.S.  You’re strong.  And you matter.  And I appreciate you.

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18 Comments

  1. Great idea. Give a virtual hug. Everyone needs to be appreciated and have words that will move them forward. Thanks.
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  2. Love this post, Michelle! Everyone is doing the best they can to make it through the day, the week…life. Showing kindness makes the journey a bit smoother. The other day, while I was in the grocery store, a very nicely dressed, tall, older man was ahead me. I enjoy striking up a conversation while I’m in line (probably has alot to do with being a solo entrepreneur) and I asked how his summer was. He half smiled and said, “Well, not that good.” I have to admit I was surprised, because I was just thinking about the never ending hot sunny summer we were having. He then proceeded to tell me his wife had taken ill, collapsed and had been in the hospital for weeks and unsure if she would make it out. We talked a bit about his circumstances and as he checked out, he thanked me for my best wishes for him and his wife. It was a good reminder, like you say, people are facing battles and even a simple smile can make the difference. Thanks again, Michelle.
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    1. It can make such a difference. I’m sure he appreciated having someone care enough to listen, Julie.
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  3. Wonderful post! It amazes me what battles people I know are fighting right now. It’s so true how kindness makes the difference. Thank you for the reminder! ~ Suerae
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    1. Battles seem to be everywhere, Suerae. :( So many people I know are dealing with such tough situations that most of those around them don’t know about. Kindness without knowing the circumstances can be a greater gift than we realize at the time.
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  4. Hi Michelle,

    What an immensely helpful post!

    You have been continually supportive not only of my network marketing and blogging activities but also my inspirational quotes. I appreciate all of the Likes on my FB Fan Page more than you know :)

    We help so much by offering a word of encouragement, a sincere compliment. These seemingly small acts make a world of difference, for it inspires us to move forward in the face of difficulties.

    As you note, pick others up and it comes back to you….many times a THOUSAND fold!

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration Michelle.

    RB
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    1. Your posts and quotes have been an inspiration to me, Ryan. :) And it does always come back in different ways, sometimes when we least expect it.
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  5. Hi Michelle,

    Great post you got here and good points to address. It always is a great idea whenever it comes to being caring for another and doing things like encouraging that can always help and strengthen both the other person whom you have touched, as well as yourself.

    Blessings and Aloha to you!

    Nelly
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    1. Thank you, Nelly. Blessings to you as well. :)
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  6. Very true, Michelle!
    We need to fight our battles, but also we can help to anyone fighting them. Just a hug or a small affection can mean so much, if done in the correct moment. Nothing wrong about spreading love and caring for someone. Together we fight the battles to the victory.
    Great uplifing post, I enjoyed it!
    Take care!
    P.S. And here is a hug :)
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    1. Thank you for the hug, Kristina, I appreciate you. :)
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  7. Michelle, thank you so much for your post. As I have gotten older, I have come to realize the pain in the lives of others. Sometimes because I see it and someone else doesn’t, I try to speak up for “the other side”. I get into trouble with people who don’t want to think there are other sides to an issue. But I can’t just sit quiet. You have given me affirmation that speaking up is the right thing. Often the other people don’t even realize that they have stomped on someone’s delicate toes.
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    1. That’s so true, Ann. It’s easy to speak without thinking, focusing only on our own side of the issue. There are always at least two sides to every story, usually more than that. :) Good for you for speaking out when you can.
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  8. Every businessperson should read this often. I love the idea of giving a virtual hug and doing something to build someone else up. Genius!
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    1. I’ve got a bumper sticker that I got as a surprise in the mail one day from Marty Marsh of http://MartyMarsh.com (I think he sent them to all the subscribers he had mailing addresses for) that says “Practice Random Acts of Self-Kindness” Got to be one of the best marketing ideas ever. It’s been on my bulletin board for probably 2 years now and reminds me how business can gain from just being kind.
      Michelle Shaeffer recently posted… You Don’t Need to Know Your GoalsMy Profile

  9. Wonderful post! It amazes me what battles people I know are fighting right now. It’s so true how kindness makes the difference. Thank you for the reminder! ~ leila
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  10. I encourage my children, family, friends and clients to give based on their ability to give. Some simple things, even though they are priceless, are often times over looked when it comes to giving. Acknowledging someone with a hello, a smile, a thank you, a virtual hug or kiss will make his/her heart sing.
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