Cheerleading for Others

Cheerleading for Others


Several days ago my husband and I were walking on the bay. As usual, we had a wonderful and enriching conversation. One of the topics we discussed was cheering for other people’s success.  We talked about how on some level, everyone has a want or need for recognition when they accomplish something they have put much effort into.  We both acknowledged that we felt a little embarrassed about taking notice of how others frequently did not reciprocate in acknowledging our successes when we achieved something and yet, those very people complained about not “getting enough” recognition themselves.  Our first thought was that we were perhaps being petty and childish. The more we discussed it the more convinced we became that there was nothing to feel embarrassed about. It’s human nature.

My husband and I have similar attitudes about cheerleading for people’s successes, whether those achievements are small or large.  We are at least aware, that most people’s successes had first required them to go through a process that required work, time, discipline and sometimes money to achieve.  That is worth cheering!

When we cheer for people, we celebrate not only the success of their endeavor, but also acknowledge the process that it takes to accomplish things. As cheerleaders, we bring to the forefront our own generosity and support.  Furthermore, their accomplishment (s) provides us with the inspiration and hope that we too, can succeed with our goals.

​I often wonder if some people are not especially enthusiastic about cheerleading for the rest of us because they experience jealousy or competitiveness. Or, is it that they feel such a lack of recognition in their own lives that they fail to give celebratory remarks.  Whatever the reason, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that if we desire for others to be supportive, encouraging or celebratory in our achievements, then we too, would be wise to give back.  
I am not suggesting people force themselves in cheerleading for others, but what I am inviting people to do is to consider the benefits it provides to both parties.  To take notice of the different environments around you for example, like in the social media you subscribe to and the people you’re surrounded by.  What are people achieving or sharing in those environments in which you can participate? It doesn’t take much time or effort to support another, even if you are not the best of friends. Remember, it is as much about acknowledging the process of achievement rather than the actual achievement itself.
If you want to lift your spirits and be a source of inspiration to others, practice acknowledging the accomplishments of others and being a “Cheerleader”!

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    I love this blog, Sandra. And I want to take this opportunity to say just how deeply I respect your work, and honor you for your wisdom, courage, insightfulness, generosity of spirit, love of learning, and truth-loving nature. You have been my loving and encouraging cheerleader countless of times over the years. So it gives me great joy to be able to cheer you on at this moment, as you and your colleagues launch this beautiful vision and collaborative service. Your web site is so warm, inviting and inspiring, and clearly the result of some very hard work and creative devotion on your (and your teammates’!) part. I hope you take some time to celebrate this wonderful milestone, and I look forward to reading many blogs-to-come!

    August 23, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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    This is a great website!

    August 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

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