Wednesday, September 2, 2020

What's Your Vision by Sally Shupe

Encouragement comes in many forms. A smile from a stranger. An encouraging word at just the right time. A phone call from a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. An unexpected letter in the mail. During this time of distancing, aloneness, hiding behind a mask, encouragement may be hard to find. You can’t see smiles behind masks. It’s hard to talk behind a mask, so you may keep your conversations short. But, now more than ever, we need to encourage and lift up each other.

One thing I’ve learned about remote working/flexible schedules/etc. is there’s no way to know what someone is going through or facing. If your conversations are over text or email, it’s hard to read tone and what’s not being said. Is your coworker having a hard time being stuck at home? Is your friend busy working and homeschooling?

How are they dealing with that? Now is the time to reach out and be an encouragement to others!

It’s been said writing is a lonely profession. Just you, your computer or pad and paper, and the words. Who says it has to be that way? Let’s band together and be an encourager. Let’s lift each other up. At work, it’s nice to hear someone from high up thank you for your work and dedication. It’s exhilarating to hear from a reader who really connected with your words. Let’s be intentional with our words of praise.

What’s your vision? Starting a book? Deep cleaning a room? Sticking with an exercise program? Share in the comments and let’s encourage each other! We are not alone. If you’re going through something, someone else is coming out of it. Who will you encourage?

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Deuteronomy 31:8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It’s been said writing is a lonely profession. Just you, your computer or pad and paper, and the words. Who says it has to be that way?



Now is the time to reach out and be an encouragement to others!



Sally Shupe lives in southwest Virginia with her husband, has two grown kids-a daughter still at home and a son not-so nearby, and a whole bunch of pets: four dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and birds at the birdfeeder (and the mandatory snowman when the snow cooperates). She is an aspiring Christian author of small town contemporary inspirational romance, with two completed manuscripts and several more in progress.

When Sally’s not writing or working full-time, she is a freelance editor for several authors who write fiction and nonfiction; students working on dissertation papers; a copy editor/content editor for several e-book publishing companies; performs beta reading for various authors; publishes book reviews; is a member of ACFW; and loves genealogy, running, and crocheting.

Sally publishes weekly blog posts that can be found through her website: https://sallyshupe.weebly.com/, and she posts on the first Thursday of the month at https://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for encouraging me! So needed to hear this

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cindy! I needed to hear this as I was writing it!

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  2. I truly appreciate the encouragement from other writers, family, friends and strangers. They encourage me to keep writing. :-)

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  3. Thanks so much for having me here today!

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  4. Great post, Sally, thank you for the encouragement! I still smile at people in the grocery store, even with a mask on. I'm hoping they can see the smile in my eyes.

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    1. Yes, they can, Laura! It's like being able to tell someone is smiling on the phone!

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  5. Deep cleaning a room? Sorry, I haven't even cleaned out a closet during this pandemic.
    But opening a small publishing company and preparing to publish my second novel -- yes!
    The local track club canceled their annual road race series (ten races -- I usually only run a few) and replaced it with a virtual series where you can run each race by yourself during a certain date range and upload the results. I've finished the first five races and I may be able to do the entire series! First time ever. (And I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to the race site.)
    There's much to be thankful for.

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    1. That's a lot, Kay! Congratulations on opening a publishing company! You can do the entire series. You're almost there. And a big plus doing at your time!

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  6. A ote of encouragement from one of the most encouraging people I know.

    Bugs, my friend!

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    1. So great to see you here, Yvonne! You got this!

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  7. Dear Sally, What a wonderfully encouraging post, and timely reminders for us all! We just never know who might need a tiny bit of encouragement, and even a small act of kindness can be uplifting for someone.
    YOU, sweet friend, have been an encouragement in my life, and I thank you!! :)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  8. Sweet Sally, as always a wonderful blog post. I am not surprised because this is who you are. Thank for another reminder to those like me that aren't so thoughtful.

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    1. Sandy thank you so much for your kind words. So thankful you read my posts and comment!

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  9. Thanks so much, Patti Jo! You encourage me and inspire me. So great to see you here!

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  10. Sally, encouraging one another is so important....and you do this so well, my friend! During this different time, I had planned to write more personal notes to people, but I haven’t accomplished this. There is still time, I imagine. So many writers have blessed me with their encouragement. Thank you for your post!

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    1. There is always time, Sherida! An encouraging note is never late. It's always right on time!

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  11. Sally, I always love your posts and your positive spirit. Thanks for helping me to get back in focus and concentrate on my goals.

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    1. Terri, thank you so much for allowing me to share. You are such a great friend to me!

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  12. Thank you, Sally Shupe, for your labor of love to authors. It's true, only a few seconds of caring and encouraging can do wonders for others. A great reminder!

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    1. Caroline, thank you so much for stopping by today! I appreciate it so much. Care and encouragement go much farther than we'll ever know. They can trigger far-reaching ripples!

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