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STANDING FOR THE AFFIRMATIVE


Is there one thing, that ANYONE can do, to change the course of someone else's life?

YES, and I saw it in action.

On the last day of Summer Foster Youth Camp, us camp counsellors were preparing to say goodbye to these awesome teens, and the weight of 'What can I do?' was palpable.

These brave teens were living through so much unfairness and injustice outside of their control. ANY solution seemed paper thin. How could we leave them with something, anything, to make life a little easier and correct the cruel messages life rained down on them?

And then it happened. A circle was formed and we all took time to encourage and affirm the qualities we saw in eachother, publicly.

One at a time, camp counselors spoke up and called out the strength, inner beauty, leadership, wisdom, and smarts residing in each teen. I could physically see a change in their faces as they heard positive encouragement, so rare in life. Their confidence grew on the spot and then they took over, an hour later the teens had all affirmed eachother, in front of the whole group, and the circle looked entirely different.

Affirmation - not just an airy-fairy, empty notion of wishful thinking, but also a POWERFUL act of calling out the good you see in others. LIFE CHANGING.

Who can you encourage and affirm today? Hint: we ALL need it.



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