It's almost impossible not to grasp the value of encouragement. Is there anyone reading these words who has not, at some point, felt the huge difference a heartening word can make?
There have been times when I could easily have slipped into a dark mental space, if someone hadn’t come forward and rekindled my light, to use Albert Schweitzer’s analogy.
One aspect of encouragement we often fail to notice is that it makes a contribution to the future. For example, to encourage a person who is advanced in years and perhaps ailing is an act of compassion. That’s a fine thing. But to encourage a young person who is struggling is not only kind but can produce a positive effect for years, even decades, to come.
And what if the encouragement you provide contributes to shaping a person who, as a result, recognizes the value of encouragement and passes it along. What a perfect way to create a benevolent cycle!
Encouragement doesn’t have to be elaborate. You don’t need to offer deep insight or wisdom. Sometimes a few words can be enough; even a few approving syllables can work.