At just the right moment I saw a middle-age Māori guy waiting for his bus. As I jogged toward him, we lift our heads to acknowledge each other, as guys do. As I continued to labour toward him something profoundly unexpected happened.
He held out his hand for a high-five.
I took it.
And my jogging turned back into a run.
And I ran all the way to my finish point.
And all it took was a little bit of encouragement from a complete stranger.
I pondered encouragement as I ran home.
Encouragement can be as easy as a high-five.
Encouragement can motivate people to go the distance.
Encouragement always builds courage.
So go on, right now, encourage someone! Send them a message. Or a text. Or just walk down the hall and give them a high-five.