Your Encouragement Award

by Jarrod

While cleaning up my desk I noticed one of my medallions. Picking it up I thought it was my australian iaido champion medal but to my surprise it was not. It was actually my jodo encouragement award.

This got me thinking. I remember when getting this award I was confused what I was being awarded. I knew I didn’t win so why was I being called up to get an award?

After receiving the encouragement award one of the seniors explained that it was an award that signified that the senior japanese sensei’s had seen great potential in me and my efforts. That this was actually quite an honor to receive!

Standing in my room looking at this award I wondered.

Why doesn’t society give out encouragement awards?

Why do the celebrations always seem to be just about the winners?

As a kid, encouragement awards where commonplace among sporting events and yet as adults they rarely exist. Are we to cool for encouragement?

Now Take your Encouragement Award

So now take the time to receive your encouragement award.

Take note of anything you have done where you put your whole heart and mind into it and reward yourself. I commend you.

In encouraging society we should build everyone’s confidence, not just the most experienced and skilled in a narrowly defined set of criteria.

Passing it forward, take the time to give someone else an encouragement award.

My encouragement award goes out to Takuin Minamoto, may he continue to provide his insights into life.

Who will you give your encouragement award to?

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Takuin Minamoto August 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm


Thank you very much for this award. it was certainly a surprise for me, and I appreciate it very much…

…it can be a thankless job, you know…seekers are voracious little creatures that gobble up everything in sight, leaving only destruction in their wake…just kidding. ;)

…but seriously, thank you very much.



Jarrod August 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

@Takuin: Hehe glad to be involved.

Belinda Munoz + The Halfway Point August 24, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hey Jarrod, you’ve put a big smile on my face today! I just love how you think! Why don’t we give out encouragement awards now that we’re adults?

Are we indeed too cool to need encouragement?

I personally am never too cool for anything. So yes, I’m happy to accept! I refuse to live in a two-dimensional world where only winners and so-called losers exist. It’s all about being multi-faceted these days.


Jarrod August 24, 2010 at 7:06 pm

@Belinda: Thanks for being the right level of cool ;)

I would go as far as to say that more than being multi-faceted we need just be ourselves and be comfortable with that.

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