Encouraging Others …

One day, Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.” His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child: “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.”

After many, many years, Edison’s mother died, and he had become one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he began looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written: “Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school anymore.” Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.”

Life can be very challenging most of the time. As we live our lives, we need a lot of help along the way. Ziglar once said;

“Yesterday ended last night. Today is a brand-new day and it’s yours.”

Every person you know needs to be encouraged at one point or another. Everyone needs to have someone in their lives who is willing to listen to their stories and tell them they are loved.

I have come to value the gift of encouragement because of what I’ve seen it do, not only in my own life but in the lives of others. Sharing and giving encouragement is so much more than saying a few nice words; it is a gift that can literally transform people and their circumstances. 

The prefix en- means “to make, or put in.” When coupled with the word “courage,” it literally means to create courage in someone or to put courage inside of them.
Think about the awesomeness of this! When you encourage someone, you are factually empowering and giving them the ability to face their challenge, risk, pain etc. they face without getting crippled by fear. You are infusing their hearts with the courage to move forward. What a wonderful privilege and responsibility each one of has within ourselves.
Someone once said, “We live by encouragement, and we die without it—slowly, sadly, and angrily.” What about you? Is there someone you know who needs to know how much you understand and love them? Is there someone who would benefit from your kind words or listening ear? 

Do you know someone who needs your care and compassion today? You simply do not know how long you have to make a difference in another person’s life. Make the most of the opportunities given to you. The gift of encouragement is within you right now. Share your love with others verbally, physically, patiently, gratefully, generously, tenderly, forgivingly, devotedly, cheerfully, and honorably—then observe how life changes and enriches yourself and others around you.”

Jonathan Solomon
Jonathan Solomon
JONATHAN is a Finnish citizen of Indian origin and in the early 70’s was one of the very few “foreigners” to be granted a full construction license in Finland. Concentrating solely on the upper market and by identifying very talented architects he not only built exclusive homes in one of Europe’s most difficult countries, but also designed and crafted unique bespoke furniture specifically suited for these homes. He has been involved in various projects in over 20 countries. He is the Executive Trustee of an American Foundation involved in humanitarian projects. He brings his international experience and cultural understanding to create new exciting design solutions to satisfy even the most discerning Client. His clients include celebrities, VIP from the various segments of society and from the hospitality industry. He has managed an international interior design studio responsible for both residential and corporate projects and implemented numerous furniture procurement contracts.


  1. Jonathan, your encouragement has empowered countless individuals to step up to face their challenges, to step in and come to the aid of another, to step out and invite others to be part of something greater than themselves. Thank you for this magnificent piece that spreads peace and brings courage to those who embrace your message. God bless you.

    • Thank you most kindly Jane for your encouraging words. I also appreciate you taking the time to give such wonderful feed back.. Yes, indeed even simple expressions of appreciations does make people feel relevant adn recognized and I have learned even from the unfortunate beggar , that a smile can equate to encouragement and can make all the difference in the world. Thank you again



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