The Most Encouraging Question Ever Asked

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“Heath, before we get off the phone, I have a question for you. How can Linda and I be encouraging for your mission? We believe in what you and Alyssa are doing and want to help encourage you along your journey.”

Encouragement is the lifeblood of an artist’s life. When people take the time to encourage your work, it can make all the difference in what you are trying to create. Since most days are spent wondering whether or not the work you are doing matters, it means the world when somebody finally takes notice.

Last week I received the most encouraging question ever asked.

How can Linda and I be encouraging for your mission? We believe in what you and Alyssa are doing and want to help encourage you along your journey.”

I heard the question. I just couldn’t believe somebody was actually asking me. Let me get this straight, somebody cares enough about me and the work I’m doing enough to not only encourage me this once, but for months to come?

Why did his question of encouragement influence me so much?

It influenced me because there is a difference in “being encouraging” and someone wanting to consistently be involved in your mission because they believe in you.

Let’s look at two separate forms of encouragement.

1. “You’re doing a great job, keep it up.”- This is a wonderful encouragement. If I were to wake up with this email then the start to each day would be rainbows and butterflies. However, it doesn’t quite compare to encouragement form number 2.

2. “I believe in the work you are doing. How can I keep in touch with you and offer up forms of encouragement throughout your journey. Phone call? Email? Once or so a month?“- This form of encouragement goes beyond a kind word. It says I want to be involved in your journey. It says I’m willing to invest my time in encouraging you, so you don’t give up.

It’s a way of telling somebody I care about you and what you’re doing with your life.

The following paragraph are words I would like to extend to you as my reader. Yes, you. I may know you, or perhaps we haven’t been acquainted. But I want you to know that I care. Give me a chance to care.

How can I help you stay encouraged? Because the work you do matters. I believe in the person you are becoming and I want you to know that if nobody else cares, I do.

You can email me whenever you want, and I will do my best to offer up an encouraging word.

Because I realize the importance of believing in each others’ dreams.

If you’re reading this and could use an encouraging word, comment below or send me an email at [email protected]. I will respond to every one of them.

We all could use a pat on the back from time to time. Doing meaningful work is scary. It’s inevitable. If you aren’t terrified of what lies before you, are you doing meaningful work?

Fear is an indicator of great work. 

Now that you’ve realized how important being encouraged is, take the time to encourage someone else today. Even if you aren’t feeling very motivated yourself. I’ve found that taking the time to encourage others can help encourage our selves in the process. It’s a funny thing, you should try.

Have a great Monday,


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  • […] Later that week we had dinner with a couple named Charles and Linda Gupton, who were another veteran film and photography couple volunteering for WDS. As we ate dinner, Charles seemed to be so fascinated about Hourly America and our big adventure. As I would later find out, he’s probably the biggest encourager I’ve ever met. […]

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