“Fall seven times, stand up eight.”
Sometimes I think members of my generation forgot that we still have time to enhance our legacy through the successes of the people we leave behind. I hope we never become so self-centered that we don’t have time to let others know how much we value their efforts.
I constantly hear of kids who wonder if anyone even cares and yet I do and I hope you do too. No matter if it is a grandchild, great grandchild or a kid up the street let them know you appreciate them. Instead of going out of your way to avoid young folks say hello to them some time and if you can complement them. I have many acquaintances that set aside to time to spend with young people as tutors or as nurturers, those that do so love how they feel when they spend time with kids.
Here is a story by an unknown author that shows how we can make a difference in someone’s life if we provide them encouragement.
The Power of Encouragement
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous 19th-century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly man. The old fellow had some sketches and drawings that he wanted Rossetti to look at and tell him if they were any good, or if they at least showed potential talent.
Rossetti looked them over carefully. After the first few, he knew that they were worthless, showing not the least sign of artistic talent. But Rossetti was a kind man, and he told the elderly man as gently as possible that the pictures were without much value and showed little talent. He was sorry, but he could not lie to the man.
The visitor was disappointed, but seemed to respect Rossetti’s judgment. He then apologized for taking up Rossetti’s time, but would he just look at a few more drawings – these done by a young art student? Rossetti looked over the second batch of sketches and immediately became enthusiastic over the talent they revealed. “These,” he said, “oh, these are good. This young student has great talent. He should be given every help and encouragement in his career as an artist. He has a great future if he will work hard and stick to it.” Rossetti could see that the old fellow was deeply moved. “Who is this fine young artist?” he asked.
“No,” said the old man sadly. “It is me – 40 years ago. If only I had heard your praise then! For you see, I got discouraged and gave up – too soon.”
“Encourage your kids because you have no idea what they are truly capable of.”
Everyone thinks I’m psychotic, except for my friends deep inside the earth.
Earth is full. Go home.
Is it time for your medication or mine?
I’m not tense, just terribly, terribly alert.
When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.
A man never discloses his character so clearly as when he describes another’s.
A lady came to the hospital to visit a friend. She had not been in a hospital for several years and felt uneasy, not knowing about all the new technology. A technician followed her onto the elevator, wheeling a large, intimidating looking machine with tubes and wires and dials.
“Boy, would I hate to be hooked up to that thing,” she said.
“So would I,” replied the technician. “It’s a floor-cleaning machine.”
A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.
- Women don’t understand the appeal of sports. Men seek entertainment that allows them to escape reality. Women seek entertainment that reminds them of how horrible things *could* be.
- If a man goes on a seven-day trip, he’ll pack five days worth of clothes and will wear some things twice; if a woman goes on a seven-day trip she’ll pack 21 outfits because she doesn’t know what she’ll feel like wearing each day.
- Women do not know anything about cars. “Oil-stick, oil doesn’t stick?”
- Women have better restrooms. Ladies receive the royal treatment in the ladies room. Gents just get a large bowl to share.
- The average number of items in a typical woman’s bathroom is 437. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.
- Women love to talk on the phone. A woman can visit her girlfriend for two weeks, and upon returning home, she will call the same friend and they will talk for three hours.
- Women will drive miles out of their way to avoid the possibility of getting lost using a shortcut.
- Women do NOT want an honest answer to the question, ‘How do I look?’
Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter, since nobody listens.
A city slicker stopped his large, expensive car on a country road and looked about in confusion. He noticed a young farm hand leaning on a fence and called to him, “Hey, you know how far it is to Shrewsbury?”
The farm hand thought about it and said, “Don’t know.”
“Well then, do you know the best way to get there?”
Again, the farm hand thought a bit and said, “Don’t know.”
“Look, can you just tell me where the nearest gas station is so I can pick up a map?”
“‘Fraid I don’t know that either.”
Frustrated, the man in the car snapped, “You don’t know much do you?”
To which the farm hand replied, “I’m not lost.”
Life is cheap. It’s the accessories that kill you.
Harry had just reached his 175th birthday last week. Surrounded by reporters, he was asked, “Excuse me, sir, but how did you come to live to be 175?”
Harry answered, “It was easy. I just never argue with anyone.”
The reporter shot back, “That’s crazy. It had to be something else –diet, meditation, or *something*. Just not arguing won’t keep you alive for 175 years!”
The old fella stared hard at the reporter for several seconds.
Then he shrugged. “Hmmm. Maybe you’re right.”
“Every day, a new opportunity to decide where your next step will go is given to you. Your future will be determined by the accumulation of these daily decisions. You control your steps and therefore your destiny, so choose wisely.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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