To encourage is to feel and be encouraged. Encouragement means giving courage. For those who initially welcome encouragement, the encouragement they receive will never not be noticed, contrary to what that person feels. At that moment when we’re not feeling encouraged, it’s easy for us to lose sight of what others do.
It’s only when we look back that we see it. But being encouraged helps builds self-esteem and self-belief; encouragement makes us more determined, encouraged to do and give of our best. Encouragement with motivation encourages us to try when we fail, to dig deeper and to continue to strive no matter how far we’ve got to go.
With encouragement, we are encouraged, empowered. Empowered to take action and be productive, positive for us in our endeavours to have and achieve success. But it doesn’t always follow that those who set out to encourage have been encouraged themselves.
Like me, often those who go on to encourage have had difficult lives themselves and therefore come to know the importance of what it means to encourage and be encouraged.
But no matter the life, those who encourage know the importance of what it means to care and because they care, they are able to encourage.