More, Please!

I did not expect this.
After keeping it a secret for a few weeks I finally spilled the beans on Wednesday: I signed a book contract! (Insane, right? Here’s the full story.)
The entire day my phone went crazy with feedback. Some long lost friends sent me messages, people liked and shared the news, others left the most thoughtful and touching comments.

I did hope for some sort of feedback, but I never imagined… this. So much love, support, interest, excitement… I can only say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Reading all these lovely messages totally made my day, I felt like I was flying. My insides were all excited and I couldn’t help but walk around with a big smile all day.
Encouragement is like water for a withered flower, like a breath of fresh air, like a firm rock you can stand on as you continue your journey.

So why don’t we give it more often?
More laughter.
More kindness.
More time.
More encouragement.

It doesn’t take much to encourage others.
We don’t have to wait for something extraordinary to come along to encourage someone.
A smile, an uplifting comment or a hug can make a difference already.
A sign that says, “I’m glad you’re here. You don’t have to do anything, just be. That’s enough.”


Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

13 thoughts on “More, Please!”

  1. Katha, that is SO exciting! Congratulations!!!

    You’re right. Encouragement is so life-infusing, isn’t it? I don’t think we can ever give, or receive, too much of it. 🙂 It’s one of my favorite things, and it’s a free gift we can offer others.

    Smiling big for you!

  2. Congrats! This is such a beautiful description: “Encouragement is like water for a withered flower, like a breath of fresh air, like a firm rock you can stand on as you continue your journey.” I’m in the 50 spot this week.

  3. So excited for you! This is a beautiful description: “Encouragement is like water for a withered flower, like a breath of fresh air, like a firm rock you can stand on as you continue your journey.” I’m in the 50 spot today

  4. Oh joy and blessings. A book contract! This is wonderful news, Katha. Congrats and may God give you all the holy words to encourage and offer your readers HIS HOPE!

  5. Oh I love this reminder. I too have had times where I’ve realized others were being so gracious and encouraging and that I should probably step up my game! Now…to go find out about this book deal and be simultaneously excited for you and a tad bit jealous…Life goals!

    1. Yes, jealousy is always a big deal, I also struggle with that. No matter what you achieve, there’s always someone who has more or is even more successful. May we still learn and practice and rejoice with the joyful and mourn with the morning.
      Thank you for sharing, Andrea! Keep on going and most of all, keep on writing!

  6. Congratulations on your book contract- that’s really exciting! And I agree, we there is always room for more encouragement and kindness just in the everyday things of life. Letting people know we appreciate them makes a big difference.

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