The world is wrestling with multiple struggles right now. Not only do we have the coronavirus pandemic, we are also recognizing (again) the toll racism takes on America. When I think about “strength” during these times, the word “courage” comes to mind. tells me:


the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

Obsolete. the heart as the source of emotion.

Etymologically, it comes from the old French (and before that Latin) word for heart.

We might, in English, say “heartened.”

How can we encourage one another? Here are three simple ways:

Be present and listen: even though we can’t be in one another’s physical presence, we can let someone know that we are thinking of them. We can listen as they tell us what life is like for them.

Share encouraging thoughts. What keeps you growing and adapting? Let other people know what you’re thinking, reading and doing that brings joy to your life.

Take action to let people know you care. Send messages, food, flowers, or small gifts to people you know. Sweet surprises are always day brighteners.

Take a moment right now to make the call, search for messages or images of courage or send the card.

Happily, taking action to strengthen others will make you feel stronger.