"Holding people to the responsible course is not demeaning; it is affirming." — Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
While yesterday I picked up Chop Wood Carry Water, this morning's reading had to come from my Kindle. Picking up where I left off, I peruse a few pages of Habits, which I thought appropriate given my new habit stacking initiative, and this passage struck me. I highlighted it to come back to later, not quite being able to put my finger on why I liked it so.
As a part of a Miracle Morning, you say affirmations — there are studies. It's legit — but I don't think much focus is given to affirming others. What affirming actions do we take towards others? As I think about the people I love and connect with most closely, I see where they affirm me. This, I think, is foundational to community, to love. Love is affirming.
This is what I will take with me today as we bike across Chincoteague Island: I affirm others.
What role does affirmation play in your life?