The World Needs Encouragers

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted July 8, 2020 from Philippines

"The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it. " 

This quote has been attributed to the Dalai Lama, but it was David W. Orr who wrote it on his book, "Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World".

This pandemic teaches us that we can survive with the basics. 

Companies of luxury brands are losing money.

Instead of celebrities being worshipped, the attention is shifted to the once unsung frontliners. 

There is a halt of man-made activities. As a result, the environment begins to heal itself. It's our turn to feel the inconvenience while nature replenishes itself.

This pandemic strips us off with excesses. We learn to give, not out of our surpluses but from our sustenance.

The masks we wear make us faceless. The showcase of who's more "beautiful" is deemed unimportant. What's necessary is we survive another day.

The lockdown and physical distancing can make us feel isolated; thus, mental health issues are on the rise. 

This is a season where the world needs caring safe spaces more than ever. There are many who are mourning, depressed, and silenced. Encouragement becomes a basic need.

Today, the world needs more peacemakers. There are ongoing conflicts that are yet to be resolved, from our homes to the nations.

The world needs more healers. All of us have our share of wounded experiences. We heal as we tell our stories to nonjudgmental spaces.

The world needs more restorers. We need resilience for comebacks after a series of setbacks.

The world needs more storytellers. We need authentic stories that inspire from survivors, overcomers, and trailblazers.

The world needs more lovers of every kind. In a world filled with insecurity, hate, and apathy, we need the transformative power of love.

In short, the world needs you, Encouragers:

  • ​​​​​the peacemakers who hold a safe space;
  • the healers who show empathy;
  • the restorers who speak empowering words; 
  • the storytellers who share their vulnerability to connect; and
  • the lovers who reach out to say, " I see you. I hear you. You matter. You are enough.".

Dear Encouragers, you may not be the richest, the smartest, the prettiest, the most famous or the most successful according to the standards of society, but you are the MOST NEEDED FORCE in this world today. 

Let us continue to create healing and caring spaces by showing love, empathy, and compassion. Together, let us once again make this world habitable and humane!

#LogOnLiftUp #ConnectWomenHealTheWorld

 

P.S. Join the Encourager Program. Become An Encourager Today!

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Shirin Dalaki
Jul 08
Jul 08

Dear Karen,

You apeak from the heart and goes to the heart. The call of soul that resonates with everyone and speaks the truth...
As you say, we need the transformative power of love because love heals, love restores, love creates peace and love brings the story out, the story of bitterness or sweetness whatever it might be and here ... on this wonderful platform ... we show care and courage and enthusiasm that together we can make a better place to live on earth.
Thank you for your wonderful words and being a vehicle for change, love and encouragement and I agree with you...the world needs more encouragers than anything else. You shine sister.

Hello, Shirin darling,

You are a wonderful Encourager through and through. Thank you for expounding what I wrote. Yes! You nailed it.

I appreciate your uplifting words so much. This world would heal fast if there were more Shirins in this world. From my heart to you, thank you so much for being a light to this world!

Shirin Dalaki
Jul 12
Jul 12

Oh Karen darling...you are amazing and made my day. Thank you for your kind words.

Aww. That's sweet. Thank you, dear. You're welcome!

Chi8629
Jul 08
Jul 08

I love you dear Sister .
Thank you for sharing .
You are so amazing and thoughtful . God bless you .

I love you, too, our active encourager. You help women heal, shine, create, live, and inspire through your words. Keep it up, dear. You're doing a great job as an Encourager. May your tribe increase!

God bless you, too!

Chi8629
Jul 10
Jul 10

Thank you so much beautiful Sister Karen , I learn from you too .You are a great person (an amazing encourager )You are kind and thoughtful.Thank you so much .Send my love to your son ,. Have a great weekend . Thank you .

Aww. Thank you, dear sister. You're awesome just as you are. You're welcome!

Millynairi
Jul 09
Jul 09

Dear Karen,
This is so true and indeed this is what the world needs, peacemakers, restorers, story tellers, lovers and healers. This calls for us to arise as encouragers especially during this time when the world needs healing. Tanks Karen for such a powerful story with plain truths.

Hello, Millie,

Thank you for your affirmation. You are a peacemaker, a healer, a lover, a storyteller, a restorer, and a modern day Mother Theresa. Keep up the great work, love. May more doors of funding opportunities open before you so you can help more. Thanks for reading!

Jill Langhus
Jul 10
Jul 10

Hello Kaye,

What a powerful post:-) Thanks for encouraging all of us! XX

Thank you for appreciating, JLo. Thanks for embodying and modeling encouragement, mentor of encouragers.

Jill Langhus
Jul 11
Jul 11

You're welcome! You're doing a great job in your new role, btw:-)

I registered for the Encourager Party:-)

Aw, thanks! You, too!

Ibrahim S Bangura
Jul 16
Jul 16

Karen, trust me you are a unique soul. I sensed something about you intriguing. I felt this strange beautiful feeling that you are a saviour, a friend and guardian. You are right, we need to listen to love when it speaks to us. Thank you for shearing this piece.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
yesterday
yesterday

Thank you, brother, for your kind words. Have a great day!

Tendo
Jul 17
Jul 17

I feel you sister, thank you so very much for sharing this beautiful and important insight

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
yesterday
yesterday

You’re welcome, dear sister. Thank you, too! Have a great day!