Sometimes that’s enough. We need to know that we’ll be OK. Down in our hearts we want to believe it. When the bills are piling up, and the wolves are at the door, we need a voice of encouragement to tell us, “You’ll be OK”. When the boss is on our back, or our investors are screaming for results we need that voice to whisper in our ear, “You’ll be OK”. Those people that you lead, your team members… in the midst of their own pressure and chaos, they need to hear it from you too.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” You can be that person. No, you MUST be that person. The world quota is full of people who aren’t willing to speak up, speak out and speak hope. Leaders must be dealers in hope. You can’t give someone talent, but only help them hone the talent they have. You can’t motivate others, but only challenge them to motivate themselves. But you can give hope. And your people are hungry for it. Your spouse and kids are dying for it. Your friends and co-workers are desperate for it.
We struggle to see past the mountains of worry above us or through the valleys of despair below us. Look past the surface of the lives you touch and consider the heart and the spirit beneath. It is much like yours. Your own history has been littered with moments of hopelessness, as theirs may be now.
Tell them, “You’ll be OK.” Please. Mother Teresa once said, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless”. Speak short, speak easy, but speak hope… allow the echoes of your encouragement to stretch on forever.