Monday, February 25, 2008

American Idol Encouragement

I don't know how those American Idol contestants get up there and perform time and time again. Especially some of them, if you know what I mean.

They must need lots and lots of encouragement and support to do it. Some of them get it, some of them don't.

I read this 'reverse encouragement' story about popular American Idol contestant, Syesha Mercado, by Thomas Becnel in the Herald Tribune. It intrigues me to learn all I can about the power of encouragement.

It seems Syesha's dad has struggled with drugs and alcohol for a long time, almost forever in Syesha's time line. He received a certificate for completing a rehab program and got interviewed on TV. He was uncomfortable, maybe embarrassed and didn't want to do the story, protesting, " I can't do this."

In the picture, Syesha sits with him and gently tells him, "You can do this, you can do it, you can do it."

He does the interview.

It is a very touching picture and a nice twist for the American Idol contestant. Usually she is the one receiving words of ecouragement.

What a different world we would have if we all could learn the lesson of encouraging others with our words.

For more information on encouraging words, see How to encourage

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