Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bake sale success

I thought I would give an update with Saturday's bake sale. We were at the market from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and saw lots of different people. We had a variety of sweets at the table to see if we could fund raise for the Canadian Mental Health Association's Friendship Club. After expenses were taken out, we figure that we raised a good amount for our first attempt. What a great success I think. There were a few things over but not an over abundance.

The best part is that the four people who helped baked the products had fun. Sometimes its hard to find purpose and meaning in life- more so when someone experiences mental illness. Often times we have the feeling that we are not good enough to take on such a daunting task of cooking something to be acceptable for the bake sale. But, if people believe in us and believe we can do something then we start to feel as if perhaps they are right.

Just a little compliment helps a person take initiative and think that perhaps they can do it. A lot of people who have a mental illness feel as if they are not worth anything, they do not matter, and that they cannot do anything right. So this is why it is important to tell them that what they do is important, that they did a good job, and that they are appreciated. Think of how much it would impact someone with little confidence- just a small compliment goes a long way to the receiver.

So I encourage you to compliment people more, and reprimand them less. Its all about the words- do you want to lift them up or tear them down. Its your choice.

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