Just as we need to nourish our bodies with good food, so do we also need to be nourished in spirit. We all need to feel uplifted by our friends and in turn we need to uplift our friends. It delights me when I hear my young children playing together and they give each other positive feedback, or even better, they help each other when the other is struggling. I know that I’ve done my job in nourishing them enough to pass it on to others. And no, my kids aren’t always that angelic, but it just makes those unexpected moments all the sweeter.

As busy adults it can be easy to breeze thru an entire day without nourishing a single soul. We can easily go about our daily activities without giving one compliment, one smile, one “I love you,” one handshake, and so on. It doesn’t make you a bad person, it just makes you a busy, distracted person.

So here’s my challenge to you: nourish others daily. Look outside your periphery to see if there might be someone who could use encouragement tomorrow. Buy someone a coffee and tell them they’re doing a good job, or they’re a good parent, or you can see how hard they’re trying…

It’s amazing how a little encouragement can make someone feel strong and confident again. In fact, I often wonder if those people we consider toxic, negative people are the ones who haven’t received enough nourishment in their life to know better. Perhaps that’s not an excuse for their behavior, but it’s something to think about nonetheless.