Following a brief conversation with one of our Year 12 Boarders yesterday, I left that conversation encouraged by his strength and positivity.
He spoke about how he had not seen his family in over 18 months, but how he speaks with them as much as he can and how he maintains a positive outlook. Those who know Ben will know that he is a remarkable student; hard-working with a wonderful attitude, but what always stands out to me with this young man is that he will always meet you with a smile and a friendly conversation.
This is one example of the many little interactions that happen between people on a daily basis; whether in person or online, where I see our students and staff building one another up and encouraging one another.
We can, in times such as these, underestimate the influence we have on one another, yet we all carry with us hope, faith, peace and the ability to encourage ourselves and others.
When you look at the origins of the word ‘Encouragement’ the “en” in encouragement means to“put in” and the word courage is to seek “strength and to take heart.” So when you encourage someone, you are literally putting courage into them. You are asking them to be brave and to take the next step.
Because of whom you are, others are strengthened.
You have the capacity, and you must find the confidence to encourage those around you in a way that only you can.
I want to leave you, at the end of this challenging week, with the inspiration of the words the indomitable Mother Theresa.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.