Day 19 #liftupforlent

A year or so ago, some of my parents’ friends fulfilled a lifelong dream, they took a three-month cruise around the world. They had planned and saved for years. When they made the reservations, they began to tell their friends. The most common reaction was not, “How awesome!” or “So happy for you!” It was “Why would you want to do that?” or “Three months on a boat? Will you still be speaking after it’s over?”

They were really disappointed that people weren’t as excited as they were.

One of best ways we can encourage people is to share their excitement–even if it’s not something we would be excited about.

The only time you’re ever going to see me running is if someone is chasing me…or if I missed the ice cream truck. I have no idea why someone would train for months to run 26.2 miles. Honestly, that just sounds miserable to me. But, I understand how good it feels for people to set a goal and meet it, so I wish people luck before a race and congratulate them after.

The next time someone is excited about something that you don’t see the value in, the appeal of or the reason for, stifle your initial reaction and show some enthusiasm and interest in whatever it is that s/he is so excited about.

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