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Empower Others and Make a Positive Difference in Their Day

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“Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit. We cannot flower and grow without it.” ~Jess lair

One of the more important lessons I learned as a child came from my father.

One day a beggar knocked on our door looking for a giving hand. Though I was a small child, I still remember how he looked. He was old, with an untamed beard and tattered clothes. He had a wretched odor; I imagine he hadn’t showered in months. He was, more likely than not, homeless.

I remember how my father treated him. I remember my father inviting him into our home, seating him in our kitchen, opening the fridge, and feeding him a hearty meal. I don’t remember much more than that, yet my father’s actions that day taught me an important lesson. It was a lesson about how to treat others. It was a lesson about empowerment.

Recently, I have gone on a journey in the world of altruism. I sought out “good people” in order to understand the characteristics that define them. What piqued my interest were not just their acts of kindness, but also an understanding of their inner world.

The inspiring, kind people who I met throughout my journey are incredibly influential teachers. It is worthwhile understanding their insights, the way they approach life, and more specifically the way they treat others. Meeting them has had a profound effect on my life.

One of the lessons I learned through my interaction with them was the importance of empowering others.

Each of our inner circles is growing and encompassing more people: children, significant others, friends, colleagues, and random people we meet and don’t know as intimately. As the circle grows, so too does our influence.

Every nod, every smile, every interaction can completely change the course of someone else’s day. We can either wield that influence in a positive or negative way. The people who I met chose the former.

The following I would like to dedicate to those special people who identify with their fellowmen, and use their influence to empower them.

Empowering others is one of the most important acts of kindness one can do for his fellow man.

Empowering others means not criticizing them.

Empowering others means not judging them.

Empowering others means not being cynical toward them.

Empowering others means praising the struggling student in the class on his or her progress—any progress, no matter how small.

Empowering others means curbing your ego.

Empowering others means connecting to the best elements that lie within you.

Empowering others is contagious.

Empowering others means giving them the feeling that they are loved.

Empowering others is to understand that the cashier at the supermarket, the waiter at the café, the guy who pumps your gas, the doorman, the street cleaner, and the janitor are not transparent. They are people just like us.

Empowering others means smiling at these people, inquiring about their wellbeing, thanking them for the services they provide, and wishing them a good day.

Empowering others means being happy for them, and praising them on their accomplishments. Praising them in any way possible. Always.

Empowering others means identifying with them.

Empowering others is easy. It does not require any effort.

Empowering others means smiling when someone else approaches.

Empowering others also empowers us.

Empowering others makes the world a better place.

Empowering others means to be moved by the American poet and author Maya Angelou, one of the most important figures in the American Civil Rights Movement, who said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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About Asnat Greenberg

Asnat Greenberg is the author of Secrets of Kindness: A Journey among Good People, which describes her journey through the world of altruism. This fascinating mosaic of interviews with good people forms an impressive and inspiring document showing the human spirit at its best. Her book can be found at: http://www.secretsofkindness.com/.

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  • Wings

    May I shout out to the world how wonderfully written this post is. Truly Empowering!
    Thank you for the profound reminder to always be KIND to our neighbors.

  • Fiona C

    What a lovely post : )

  • http://relationship-consciousness.webs.com/ Claude Lagang

    I could say that our words are powerful. Be a blessing to other people by just simply saying something her/him which could uplift one’s spirit. It could definitely helps building/pursuing his/her dreams. So be a builder not a destroyer. :)

    Always,
    Claude

  • UpbeatBrain

    Your post empowered me, Asnat. Thanks for that! It reminded me of one of my favorites quotations from Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

  • http://twitter.com/GoalsHappenHere Goals Happen Here

    It just takes tiny acts throughout your day with everyone you interact act with to empower the world. An excellent first step is to put down your cell phone when checking out at the grocery store or otherwise engaging with another human.

  • http://thepersonalfreedomproject.com/ Diana Reid

    What a great post Asnat, It truly resonated with me, so so true its easy to empower others although may take practise for some. Thank you for sharing.

  • Guest

    This is so beautiful…. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and share this!! I can’t wait to share this post with loved ones in my life, some who might not be surprised to receive a thank you in the form of this article and others who might be completely unaware of their impact on my life. Thank you again!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashoo.modgil Ashoo Modgil

    So true…empowering others is a wonderful way to keep our connection with each other alive.

  • http://twitter.com/YouEverySecond Nicolas Daudin

    A very powerful post!! Thanks!

  • Kanta

    I totally agree with you.Hats off to these beautiful empowering thoughts.

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Thank you so much for the positive feedback. I really enjoyed reading what you guys had to say!

  • Asnat Greenberg

    You’re absolutely right. What’s great about empowerment is that there are so many ways to do so. Thanks for pointing out another way.

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Such a powerful quote. Thanks for sharing it with me!

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Thanks Claude,
    We should always look to lift someone’s spirits, and help build a better world together.

  • Asnat Greenberg

    I shared your post on my twitter account because what you wrote really means a lot to me. Thanks so much for the nice words

  • Asnat Greenberg

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for taking the time to read it!

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Practice makes Perfect! Thank you for reading!

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Thank you so much. The thoughts are meant to be implemented, so I hope we all do a better job of empowering others

  • Asnat Greenberg

    You’re too kind. Thank you so much! It’s easy to forget to be kind. I’m glad that I was able to remind people of the profound affect being kind can have!

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Thank you so much!

  • Asnat Greenberg

    Exactly! And it doesn’t take much time nor effort. We need to make sure we always keep our connections with each other alive and kicking!

  • Icecreambubbletea

    One word: Inspiring!

  • MariposaDRG

    Powerful words, so well said. Thank you!

  • Melissa Liu

    reading this article makes me want to fly out and go empower others <3
    it's late. tomorrow for sure then.

  • Steve Eales

    Thank you Asnat, understanding the human spirit is the essence of true beauty. We are all connected and in reading your insightful post it confirms the strength of our bonds. May you shine brightly in our world as one of the “Love Leaders”.
    Steve Eales