My husband is a traveler. We have been talking about this and I am going to have him blog about his love of travel here at some point. From a young age, he has found his mind wandering to the next adventure.
This has made me think about my early leanings. I have been an encourager, a motivator for most of my life. The story that came to my mind was a surprise to me….not thought of in years.
My younger sister jumped off (or was pushed…..a never quite determined detail, though I have always believed her) the cab of our father’s pick up truck when she was about three years old. I don’t remember why, exactly, but there was some concern that she should stop using the sling for her cast. I suppose it had to do with avoiding muscle atrophy, but she simply would not go without her sling.
I am six years older than Christy, and must have been concerned about her following the “rules” of not using her sling, because I became very focused on encouraging her to go without. After some discussion, I convinced her to be in my “no sling club” and she let the sling go. I remember there being some surprised adults asking, “How in the world?“
One of my most solid and satisfying sources of energy is to encourage someone to make forward progress.
If I can listen and encourage, I am satisfied. If I can understand and express confidence in another’s ability, I have a good day. When I know someone well and cite their strengths to give them a nudge to go forward, it makes me smile on the inside and on the outside.
Dave travels. I encourage.
Dave discovers. I motivate.
We do other things as well, but these are the core of who we are. We are a good pair.