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Encouragement is of giving someone the strength, confidence or courage to do anything.It can be a simple pat, a few words such as you can do it and a genuine reinforcement of the persons belief in oneself.

Stories about Encouragement
  • Living Heroes
  • Eternal Heroes

    The teacher and the boy

     A teacher had great faith in his students and believed that every single student had something special in him. Hearing about his faith in his students, the principal of the school appointed him to teach a class where a particular boy was giving a lot of trouble and negatively influencing the other boys too.   As the teacher entered the class on the first day, he found a lot of whispering going. A paper was being passed from student to student. When the teacher took the paper, he saw in it a crude drawing of himself. He asked the students who had drawn it. The boy who was known for his misbehaviour stood up.    The teacher said to him, “Meet me after school today.” He then continued the class. In the evening, the boy went to him, expecting a severe punishment. To his surprise, the teacher gave him a book and said to him, “I saw from your drawing that you have a great talent. Here is a book which teaches you a lot about drawing. Use it well.” The teacher paid extra attention to the boy and encouraged him to draw better.   The boy was so encouraged by this that he began to concentrate on drawing and on studies too to please the teacher. He grew up to become James Whitcomb Riley, a great American poet and artist.
  • Fables

    Two Frogs

    A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.   The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “Did you not hear us?” The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.   Moral:There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day. So be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words is sometimes hard to understand but an encouraging word can go long way.  
  • Personal Stories

    The Two Ill Men

    Two men were seriously ill. They occupied the same room in the hospital. One of them was lying in the bed near the only window in their room. Every day he was allowed to spend some time sitting up in his bed to help draining the fluid from lungs. The other man was forced to spend all his days flat on his back. They talked a lot about their life, families, jobs, vacations. Every time, when the first man was sitting by the window, he described in details all that he saw outside the window. His roommate always looked for those moments, when his world was broadened and brightened up by the world outside. Amazing views of a park with a beautiful lake could be seen from the window of their room. Children delightfully played among ducks and swans. Couples walked arm in arm among colourful flowers. Also the stunning city skyline could be seen. When the man by the window had been thoroughly describing all that was happening outside the window, his roommate would close his eyes and imaged all the beautiful scenes of life that were told to him. One night the man, whose bed was near the window, died peacefully during sleep and his roommate was very sad. After some time, when the nurse came to visit him, he asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse agreed and kindly made the switch. When she left, the man slowly and painfully propped himself up on one elbow and took the first look at the world outside. He was stunned. The window faced a blank wall. When the nurse came to visit him the next time, he told her about beautiful things outside the window that his roommate described him. The nurse replied that his roommate was a blind man. She said: „Probably he just tried to encourage you.“
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