May 8, 2018

Truthful Tuesday - Praise!

Did you ever take a minute to think about praise? Not Praise, as in Praise God (even though that's all good and worth a few thoughts), but the Praise we do when we speak to one another though out the day. The type that brings someone up from self doubt or turns a bad day into a good one,

Definition: verb: 1. express warm approval of'; admiration of
   synonyms: commend, applaud, compliment or congratulate

Everyone needs to hear some sort of Praise each day to build them up and keep them going. This type of praise can be a simple phrase like "great Job" when helping out with a task. As a parent I have noticed that children thrive on praise and want ro share their accomplishments, to receive praise.  They also desire it at school, by showing off to their teachers and peers.  Sometime in negative way, looking for correction and then receiving a form of praise as them make the change that was desired by the teachers.  Other students just desire affirmation that they doing the right thing at the right time.

As adults we look for Praise as well, we seek it from those we work with or for, we seek it from out spouses, children, friends and even our parents. Adults need to hear praise though-out our day.  Wouldn't it be nice to hear positive words each day, telling us we are doing a good job, or congrats on the sale? Wouldn't these phrases life you up and put a pep in your step?

I'd like to challenge each one of you to give someone a bit of praise today.  When you do try to do it more often. Go outside your comfort zone, praise someone who is not in your family, then try to praise a random stranger next.  See how they lift up, see how their face changes.  Use detailed phrases, not thank you, but "wow you went a above and beyond to help me with XYZ and for that I appreciate you what you did!"  Detailed and deliberate in your words. Make it a habit and share what you might have said to someone that really lifted them up.  I would love to hear your stories!

May 4, 2018

A Scout is.....

A Scout is Trustworthy.
They would not spread false information, speculation or supposition.
A Scout is Loyal.
They know their organization is wonderful and wnat others to know that, also.
A Scout is Helpful.
They will assist others in finding their way.
A Scout is Friendly.
They will welcome all Scouts to their Scouting Famiy.
A Scout is Courteous.
They will not result to name-calling or other negative behaviors in an attempt to get their perspective heard.
A Scout is Kind.
They recognize other people's struggles to be their best selves.
A Scout is Obedient.
They obey the decisions of their organizations.
A Scout is Cheerful.
They look ahead to the fun new Scouts might bring.
A Scout is Thrifty.
They don't waste the valuable resource of time by arguing points they have already been argued, or by exhausting conversations leading to nowhere.
A Scout is Brave.
They aren't afraid of change, and they can look to others who are doing well in the same situation.
A Scout is Clean.
They don't use filthy and derogatory language, or hateful speech.
A Scout is Reverent.
They trust in God to allow His Will to be done.

(not sure who wrote this but I liked it when I saw it on  friends facebook page)