Friends are never earned, they are a gift from the loving God and they are precious beyond human evaluation. You dare not take them for granted or they will drift away like smoke and the warmth of their caring will vanish like the chill of the endless night. Who is your friend? Someone who warms you with a nod or with the unspoken words in hard times when you are hurting beyond words and with a few words of encouragement and concern makes you realize that you aren't really lost at all. Friends come in both sexes and in all... Read more »
Plants of great vigor will almost always struggle into blossom, despite impediments. But there should be encouragement, and a free genial atmosphere for those of more timid sort, fair play for each in its own kind.
To even envision a post-racist society is contingent upon understanding the offensive, dense, and wildly contradictory nature of our racist past and present. Racechanges should be encouragement enough for readers to begin that task.
Teachers need our active support and encouragement. They are doing one of the most necessary and exacting jobs in the land. They are developing our most precious national resource: our children, our future citizens.
Men go forth to wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the ocean, the course of the stars-and forget to wonder at themselves. Beware of despairing about yourself: you are commanded to put your trust in God, and not in yourself.
Mum, who had been a dancer with a small ballet company before she got married, was full of encouragement. She didn't say, "This is really good, you should do this", She just encouraged us to do whatever we liked.