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.”
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.
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.”