Welcome to Day 2 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be…  Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin” and
in our homes and beyond.  If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
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Let’s be real.

Life is hard.

Some days are really hard.


Have you had one of those hard days when a friend, a co-worker, or even a stranger said something that set you back?

What if those words had been encouraging words?

What if?


Be Encouraging Quote & FREE Printable :: Be encouraging to all you meet.  You never know who is having a hard day.  :: Stop by the blog to learn how you might become the bright spot in someone's day.


Some people wear their emotions on their faces.  Others keep everything bottled so tightly we think things are going well for them, but in reality, that is far from the truth.

Be encouraging to all you meet.
You never know who is having a hard day.

We may or may not know another’s circumstances.

But, our words can be seasoned with grace.

We can train ourselves to be ready with a word of encouragement.

Or just a smile.

When I was in college I transferred from a small private school to a state university.  I didn’t know anyone there.  And I was commuting.  Those first weeks were lonely.  Each day as I walked between buildings on that windswept campus I had my head up, hoping to catch someone’s eye.   Most students had their heads down, or simply avoided eye contact.  Occasionally one would look at me and I would smile and they would too.  That smile helped me to step more quickly and lightly.  And hopefully the recipient of my cheesy grin would have experienced the same.

A smile is a small thing.

Yet it can be a powerful encourager.


Be Encouraging…

whether with words or smiles or helpful actions.


Today… let’s choose to look for others who need encouragement.

But…let’s not stop there.

Be encouraging to all you meet.
You never know who is having a hard day.

 If you’d like this encouraging reminder in a 5×7 format for framing…
click here and save the image to your desktop.

Be encouraging my friends!


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  1. Exactly!

  2. Amen to that. Excellent encouraging thought!

  3. Lovely. Thank you for the compliment you placed on my blog in regards to this. Very nice.

    • Diane says

      You are so welcome. And it is sooo very true, Rose. 😉

  4. Sandi says

    A smile is a little curve that straightens everything out. Great post and pretty printable. Blessings, Sandi

    • Diane says

      I’d forgotten that saying. Love it, Sandi!! 🙂

  5. Love this. You truly never know what is going on in someone else’s life. Blessings!

  6. Mel says

    Yaknow…I’m a pretty emotionally controlled person when it comes to the worksite– hazard of the profession, maybe. Most folks don’t find me real readable there, which can make it intimidating to approach me. I’m always floored when someome goes out of their way to check in with me, passes off a smiley note or gifts me with a sticker. Likewise, It brings me great joy to do those kindly things that might take a minute or less of my time…And you’re right, we don’t always know who might need that little act. Truth is I find myself content and at peace with ME when I do those simple things.
    Excellent print that I’ll put on my desktop for the next while…reminders are a good thing!! Thank you for that!

    • Diane says

      “Truth is I find myself content and at peace with ME when I do those simple things.” That is true for me too. Maybe that is the joy in being an encourager. You are a great one…for sure!!!!!
      I’m so glad you like the printable. 🙂

  7. debi says

    What a lovely post Diane! Thank you for the beautiful image.

    • Diane says

      Thank you for popping by and leaving your lovely thoughts, Debi. 🙂
      Wishing you An Extraordinary Day.

  8. I love this thanks so much for the printable. I will post it on my fridge.

    • Diane says

      Oh Vickie….I’m thrilled that you will be able to use the printable!!

  9. Janet says

    Thank you so much. This will be a beautiful addition to my home, and probably some others as gifts. Great words to live by and a gorgeous back-drop for them.

    • Diane says

      How lovely that you will be able to use this printable Janet. That just makes my day!!
      Thank you for popping by and leaving your sweet encouraging words.
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  10. Wonderful quote! Something we all need to practice! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Linda! And yes…I really need to practice it too!! 🙂

  11. Linda says

    Beautiful word picture, beautiful photo, beautiful reminder to be encouraging. Thank you!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much Linda.
      Wishing you an Extraordinary weekend. 🙂

  12. Susan says

    The perfect sentiment and reminder. It does not take much effort to encourage, but the benefit is so great!
    Thank you for encouraging us to do this every day.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

    • Diane says

      Awww…Susan thank you for your encouraging remarks.
      Wishing you and Bentley a most Extraordinary weekend!

  13. Tammy says

    What a lovely thought. So well presented! Thanks for the download.

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful words. I’m so pleased that you can use the printable.
      Blessings Tammy!

  14. Visiting from Project Inspired – what a great post and an absolutely lovely printable! Such a beautiful reminder of something we must all keep front of mind each and every day. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

    • Diane says

      And you, Cindy, are the epitome of being an encourager.
      Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words.
      Wishing you an Extraordinary week!

  15. Perfectly encouraging.

    Great to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

    • Diane says

      And your taking the time to leave your words here was another wonderful encouragement.
      Thank you!!

  16. Love this! This is SO true! Thank YOU for the encouragement today!

    • Diane says

      And thank YOU, Richella for leaving your very encouraging words!

  17. I featured your printable tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party! Thanks so much for sharing it!

    • Diane says

      Randi…you just made my day!!!!
      Thank you sooo much!!

  18. Cindy says

    Such a beautiful post! Something we should all be mindful of…what a blessing!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!

  19. Great post! I have some people in my life who are the best examples of encouragement. Being with them really does rub off and make me feel better but also makes me want to pass it on. I try to be encouraging to others daily and you are so right — a simple smile is sometimes the very best encouragement of all.

  20. Maria says

    Your blog is a huge source of inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your heart and thoughts with us 🙂 Maria

    • Diane says

      Maria….your words are more encouraging to me than you will ever know.
      {Big Hugs}


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