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I took a life coaching course with Leah Gniwesch a couple of years ago, just before I opened Ulpan La-Inyan. Leah sent me the link this afternoon to a delightful video about emotional validation.
Validation - emotional or official - is אִשּׁוּר (ee-SHOOR) in Hebrew. It's about reflecting to another person the qualities we I/you in them. It lights them up, making them feel like a million bucks (i.e. with high self worth).
As the video illustrates, we can validate - לְאַשֵּׁר (leh-ah-SHEHR) someone close to us, וְאֶפְשָׁר לְאַשֵּׁר גָּם אָדָם זָר - and we can validate a stranger as well (veh-ef-SHAHR leh-ah-SHEHR gahm ah-DAHM zahr).
I discovered this week how much I need this myself. I imagine I'm not alone.
You, my reader, are great - not just because you're my reader, but because you're a human being and thus are inherently great, whether you're showing it right now or not. And if that doesn't sit well with you, take a deep breath and know that I mean it.
אישור is a way to promote love in the world. Pass it on!