Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody. A quote about encoragement
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About encouragement

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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.


The featured quote is by Robby Novak. “Vibrant Hot Air Balloons” by Nicolas Raymond is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Anatole France quote: “0891-onkelix-doodle-design” by Alex Onkelix is licensed under CC BY 2.0.