Happier New Year

Do you know someone for whom the holidays are not merry, and a new year does not inspire hope nor a fresh start?  Several recent incidents reminded me of how enormous a role despair and sadness play in the hearts and lives of many, many people.  They often see little or nothing to celebrate.  They may even cling to desperation.

We mustn’t presume that because we may have a supportive family or close friends or strong faith that others do also.  Especially in these times of insane divisiveness, we all do better when we take even a moment to encourage someone else.

In my book “Encouragement: How to Be and Find the Best” I remind readers (and Audiobook listeners) that lives are greatly improved when we “trade in our cynical hopelessness for cynical hopefulness.  If we must be cynical, choose hopeful over hopeless.”  Interesting thought since hard knocks throughout our lives impact us whether we recognize it or not.

Fairness in Life is rarely dealt out fairly.  I strongly believe we were all born to be what I call Encouragers.  What we un-learned as we grew up can be relearned.

In 2020, I hope all of us feel confident enough to take ourselves on as worthy projects.  Let’s all commit to doing all we can to be more encouraging and to surround ourselves with Encouragers.

For anyone who has not yet seen the “Encouragement” book, Amazon is letting me do a special Kindle Countdown Deal on the ebook edition.  (Sorry, but I couldn’t discount the paperback or Audiobook editions, but they’re all on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Encouragement-How-Be-Find-Best/dp/1939220475)  Anyone who buys the ebook edition on Monday, January 6, 2020 will save 84%!  True!  The book will only cost $.99 on that day.  Then, as the week continues, it will inch up, $1 per day back to the full retail price of $5.99.  So, Monday is the BIG savings day. 

If you know anyone who could benefit by a little or a lot of encouragement, please share the word before the Countdown begins! 

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20 books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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