Encouragement Comes in All Forms.
I was thinking this as my wife was sharing with me the highlights of her Body Attack Exercise Class as we were both leaving the YMCA. She shared with me how the instructor was a motivating force for each participant. Although the instructor was earnest and firm in her encouragement, it made my wife want to excel even more and push harder. Now the encouragement from the instructor was not typical, my wife further explained. The instructor possessed the right balance of firmness and compassion. My wife said it was hard to explain but she just felt inspired to excel with the cardio challenge at hand.
The impact of encouragement is best felt when it is recognized by all involved in the endeavor. I know that this happens in any kind of collective pursuit such as musical performance. I am thinking of two songs which can serve as examples for this contagious encouragement felt by all playing the tune in the moment.
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