Did you know we’re all fairy godmothers and godfathers, equipped with special fairy dust we can use whenever we like? That’s right. Our fairy dust is our influence on others–whether by setting an example or encouragement or both. It’s like having a super-power: choose to use it for good –sprinkling fairy dust all around you–rather than for evil.
I was watching my husband at the gym the other morning. He’s gotten fit this year, important, because he’s got a stent in an artery and cardio fitness is critical to his life span. Not a “gym person” by nature, he was a little reluctant to join, but once we did, he’s diligent about his workouts.
Watching him work out, I felt good that I’d had a little influence on his decision to improve his health. The same with my nephew, who just had his first op-ed published. We talked about the piece and the submission process a few times and a week later, there he was: a published essayist. I couldn’t stop grinning, because I know I sprinkled a little fairy dust–encouragement–and there he was, in print.
If you look around your own life, I’m sure you can quickly identify the times you’ve sprinkled a little dust and seen the benefit.
That fairy dust is positive reinforcement –the exact opposite of criticism.
For some reason, the criticism we receive sticks. That makes encouragement all the more important. Yes, sprinkle it all over!
I love the idea of becoming a fairy godmother –or godfather — to everyone we encounter. If you’ve been the giver –or recipient–of fairy dust, I hope you’ll share it with us below, so we can all be inspired.