Explore the value of Encouragement
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Here are some inspiring stories about encouragement.
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS... When my friend Lesa was diagnosed with cancer I wanted to do something for her, so the first day of her treatments, another friend and I went to the hospital to spend some time with her. We bought her a small clown and named him Lemon-Aide. We gave Lemon-Aide to Lesa and told her he was to go with her to all of...
SUBMITTED BY SHARON HERNDON
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LOVE BOMB I parked my car in the large crowded lot and walked toward the supermarket. A blond woman passed me pushing a nearly full cart to her car. She smiled at me and said hello. I did the same. She was a plain Jane, probably in her 40s. She reached her car and began unloading her groceries. I walked back toward her and...
SUBMITTED BY CLEAVES M. BENNETT MD
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A POEM BY MOTHER TERESA The other day I ran across this poem written by Mother Teresa, the Saint of Calcutta. I think everyone should read it. Life is an Opportunity, benefit from it. Life is Beauty, admire it. Life is a Dream, realize it. Life is a Challenge, meet it. Life is Duty, complete it. Life is a Game, play it. Life...
SUBMITTED BY CLAUDIA
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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“Find the good—and praise it.”

Alex Haley

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“If human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.”

Barbara Bush

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“Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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“Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.”

Elizabeth Harrison

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“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Mark Twain

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“Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

Jalal ad-Din Rumi

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“I have yet to find a man or woman, however exalted their station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism. ”

Charles Schwab

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“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”

Benjamin Disraeli

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“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.”

George M. Adams

Here are some stories about everyday heroes who show 'encouragement'.
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Daniel Slack Hello, I would like to nominate my fiance, Daniel Slack, as a deserving person in need. Not only does he put his new family first, but he gave up his success, education, and areas of his employment for me and my children. He is my knight in shining and my muse that inspires me to be better than just a victim of...
SUBMITTED BY TRICIA HARRELL
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Stacey R. My Mom Stacey is my nomination because no matter what we do she will still love us no matter what happens. She wants us to be successful in our life she works hard to make sure we get ever thing we need. She has always been there for us. She’s very encouraging and she will always want the best out of you....
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Janet Connoly I met Janet Connolly when I got my first REAL job. My first impression was that she would be one of those tough supervisors. But as I got to work with her and as time passed, I got to know her well. And as it turns out, Janet had a heart of gold. She may have given people the wrong impression because she...
SUBMITTED BY NORMA TRIVINO
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Where did your values come from?

We've all had people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. A parent or grandparent, a sibling who was there for us, or maybe even just a guy who shines shoes for a living? Whoever they are, tell us their story so they can inspire us even more.

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ACHIEVEMENT
AMBITION
APPRECIATING NATURE
APPRECIATION
BEING THERE
BELIEVE
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
CARING
CHARACTER
CHARITY
CHEER
CIVILITY
CLASS AND GRACE
COMMITMENT
COMMON GROUND
COMPASSION
COMPLIMENTS
COMPROMISE
CONFIDENCE
CONNECTING
COURAGE
COURTESY
CREATIVITY
DEDICATION
DETERMINATION
DEVOTION
DO THY BEST
DO YOUR PART
DRIVE
EDUCATION
ENCOURAGEMENT
EQUALITY
EXCELLENCE
FAMILY
FITNESS
FORESIGHT
FORGIVENESS
FRIENDSHIP
GENEROSITY
GET ALONG
GIVING BACK
GOOD EXAMPLES
GOOD MANNERS
GRATITUDE
GREAT MUSIC
GRIT
HARD WORK
HEALTH
HELPING OTHERS
HONESTY
HONOR
HOPE
HUMILITY
IMAGINE
INCLUDING OTHERS
INCLUSION
INGENUITY
INNOVATION
INSPIRATION
INTEGRITY
JOY
JUSTICE
KINDNESS
LAUGHTER
LEADERSHIP
LEARNING
LISTENING
LITERACY
LIVE LIFE
LIVE YOUR DREAMS
LOVE
LOYALTY
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
MENTORING
MINDFULNESS
MOTIVATION
OPPORTUNITY
OPTIMISM
OVERCOMING
PARENTING
PASSION
PATIENCE
PEACE
PERSEVERANCE
PERSISTENCE
PIONEERING
PLEASE AND THANK YOU
PRACTICE
PREPARATION
PURPOSE
REACHING OUT
RESILIENCY
RESPECT
RESPONSIBILITY
RIGHT CHOICES
RISING ABOVE
SACRIFICE
SERVICE
SHARING
SMILE
SOUL
SPORTSMANSHIP
SPREAD YOUR WINGS
STEWARDSHIP
STRENGTH
TEACHING BY EXAMPLE
TEAM WORK
TRUE BEAUTY
TRUST
UNITY
VISION
VOLUNTEERING
WONDER
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Your Comments
Christina Denny from Puyallup, Wa FEBRUARY 6, 2014
It is ok to live life one second at a time, other than one day at a time

Russell Champlin from San Jose, CA FEBRUARY 27, 2012
If you leave behind a single vestige of your passage - let it be encouragement. No single relic costs so little and has such worth. An act, a gesture, a helping hand. A positive word placed correctly can produce results unknown or realized in your time. The germination of a thought or an action in others can be produced years later on this invisible chain. Be secure with your words for they can both help and harm with exponential power. Your interactions can be devastating in their consequences,unrelated to your motives. Both self esteem and potential can fall victim to a misplaced word or action. Unknown accomplishments may go unrealized by self confidence misplaced. Be wise, that what is contained in others remains unknown and private,needing to be respected or left untouched. Your dealings should be free of self interest or intention. For like any contact the sensation will be unique for both. Rewards may be exclusive, never shared or directly tied. Let the best direction for your actions be as the Hippocratic oath commands “First do no Harm”

Jennifer K from Washington State JANUARY 19, 2012
A life lived with courage includes a lifetime of encouraging others

Patrice from California JANUARY 7, 2012
Your commercial on Encouragement is fantastic...if only ALL commercials could be like this...Thank you!!!!

Fay from Ohio DECEMBER 9, 2011
Thank you!

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