Rays of Encouragement

"Ferris Wheel Encouragement"  by Tamara Magnitsky
“Ferris Wheel Encouragement” by Tamara Magnitsky

Welcome to Encouragement Week!

Whether it is for boosting courage on the Ferris Wheel, which Tamara’s daughter required, or a held hand a times of great sadness, or a welcoming nod to a stranger as they enter your shop, encouragement does both the giver and receiver good. January, mentioned this fact to me and I quite like the bliss it evokes. Something simple, that you can easily do not only helps but reward is reaped by you too!

Rays of Encouragement
by January Handl

Such a small thing…
the thin smile offered by
a stranger in line at the grocery
after our eyes met.

Such a huge thing…
connection in our humanity,
in our shoulder to shoulder
bearing of life’s burdens,
triumph’s quick retreat
at the next challenge
we offer the warmth
of sharing a flicker
of rueful understanding

Such a small thing…
a hand offered without thought
for a moment’s time and effort

Such a huge thing…
the instant of gratitude,
humility and wonder,
We cannot do it alone.
We don’t have to.


No we don’t have to do it alone. 🙂 This week your Bliss Initiative is to spread encouragement around.

ENCOURAGE – give support, confidence, or hope to [someone].

Give it away freely and often and see just how much comes back to you too. You are not alone. We are not alone. Let’s do this TOGETHER!


Tamara and January are here each Monday to help set the mood for the week!

Tamara Magnitsky

My mission is fulfilling a lifelong desire to be a creative professional making a positive difference in the lives of those I encounter. Photographing unique personalities in a fun and relaxed environment. To challenge myself creatively, listen deeply and take a damn good picture.
See Tamara’s photography on her Facebook Page.



January Handl

January Handl is first and always a mother, has been a preschool teacher and parent educator for 25 years. She is currently lives in Aptos California AND simply in awe of existence.

She calls her photo “hot tub bliss”  🙂

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