Two things you can do today to encourage someone

Originally published in March 2011, close 9 years ago today___

It may be the weather where I live which has been particularly dreary over the last few days, but my mood has been downcast. To try to refocus myself, I started to think about what I could do to help someone, with the goal being to move the focus off of myself. The problem is that everyone I think of seems like it to much trouble or not significant enough. So essentially I never get started. To address this *challenge* I focused on coming up with two simple things I can do today that might have a positive impact on someone.

Here are the two things I am going to do today:

1. Send an encouraging message. Use the electronic means that are readily at your disposal to tell someone you like what they are doing or what they said. Retweet a tweet that encourages, comment on a Facebook post that you like or send a text that contains a positive message.

2. Write an encouraging note. Yes, I said, “write”. Not email, not text, not IM, not Twitter, not Facebook, you get the idea. There is still power in a hand-written note and that power is only increasing as the use of hand-written communication decreases. Tell the person you appreciate something they have done, appreciate their friendship or like their effort on some project or task.

——> Try these two things today and let me know the results in the comments below.



Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Shawn J. Roberts, P.C. in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with my wife Amy and my two children, Sam (19) and David (11). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."

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Kylee Erspamer

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