by Kenneth Justice
~ Yesterday at coffee one of the regulars asked me what I was doing this weekend…..and upon finding out about my upcoming coffee house tour they became really excited. “Holy cow, that is so cool! I wish I could do something like that” she said
“aren’t you going to California to work in that teaching job you were telling me about?” I asked
A frown formed on her face, “No, I wasn’t accepted……now I’m done with school and I simply don’t know what to do” she said
We talked for a little while longer and I simply encouraged her the best I could. I think I told her something about finding out what she loves in life and to try and pursue that…….I won’t pretend that my little encouragement meant all that much; but its always nice to receive even a little bit of encouragement from others.
There’s a lot of things in this world that can bring us down,
—) Turn on the evening NEWS and its easy to get depressed
—) Listen to a crank boss and you can feel deflated
—) Look at statistics on pollution, crime, or fill-in-the-blank and its easy to be discouraged
I’ve noticed that its far too easy to discourage others……and it usually takes a little bit more work to encourage. But isn’t that what all of us need…..a little encouragement?
Emerson wrote, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”….and its as true in the 21st century as it was hundreds of years ago when he penned it.
This morning I simply wanted to take a moment to thank every one who has commented, emailed, and written me with encouragement and feedback regarding this crazy Drinking in the Culture Tour that I’ve come up with……when I first decided to try and make this happen; I didn’t know if my article would be met by the sound of crickets…….or excitement.
Encouragement is major source of energy……I know from firsthand experience that when people have encouraged me in something; I often found greater peace of mind when I pursued my goals. The choice I made many years ago to pursue a college education in psychology and counseling was directly related to the encouragement I received from two particular people, “Kenneth” they both told me, “Your personality would fit really well in the human service field. It’s in your nature to be around people” they said.
And in many ways I really enjoyed my time working with people in the human service field. I learned enough in the few years time I did it….to last a lifetime. When I made the decision to go on sabbatical (now more than a year ago) from counseling……I wasn’t sure what to do with myself., “Were all of those degrees, and all that time working in counseling all-for-nothing?” is what kept going through my mind. When on a whim I began a blog……it was the encouragement I received from a number of readers and fellow bloggers that helped keep me going.
It’s now only a few hours till I leave to the airport for what will be the first leg of my year long journey of 100 coffee houses spanning 10 countries….and more than 25 U.S. States…..
My final schedule is almost complete and I should have it posted in the upcoming days.
I hope to see as many people over the coming year and share a cup of coffee with you,
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