1 (a): to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope: Hearten; (b): to attempt to persuade: Urge
2: to spur on: Stimulate
3: to give help or patronage to: foster
Encourage (v.): early 15th century, from Old French encoragier “make strong, hearten,” from en- “make, put in” + corage “courage, heart” (courage).
Courage (n): c. 1300, from Old French corage “heart, innermost feelings; temper,” from Vulgar Latin coraticum, from Latin cor “heart,” from Proto-Indo-European root *kerd- which remains a common metaphor for inner strength. In Middle English, used broadly for “what is in one’s mind or thoughts,” hence “bravery,” but also “wrath, pride, confidence, lustiness,” or any sort of inclination. Replaced Old English ellen, which also meant “zeal, strength.”
“You can get a thousand no's from people, and only one ‘yes’ from God.”
Tyler Perry (b. 1969, American actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in gospel genre)
“Come friends, it's not too late to seek a newer world.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892, Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland, regarded as the chief representation of the Victorian age in poetry)
“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and artist; considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era)
“Support and encouragement are found in the most unlikely places.”
Raquel Cepeda (b. 1973, American journalist, critic, film-maker, and autobiographer of Dominican descent)
“Your nature is not the problem. The problem is that you have become alienated from your nature -- from your power source.”
Laurie A. Helgoe (b. 1960, American psychologist, speaker, educator, and author of “Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength”)
“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained in sudden flight but, they while their companions slept, they were toiling upwards in the night.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882, poet, educator, national literary of 19th century America)
“You need to be buried deep in the dirt before you can find your bloom.”
Roz Inga (third generation artist and writer)
“You can get a thousand no’s from people, and only one ‘yes’ from God.”
— Tyler Perry
As flawed human beings and naysayers, we can’t help it, because we are sometimes incapable of suspending judgment in waiting and seeing the possibilities of our own creations.
The Great Infinite Loving Universe knows what each of us is here to do and capacities for creation. Our own abilities are sometimes hidden from us until we are challenged toward some new invention.
But, if we could walk in faith and take a leap, be curious, and encourage each other in our own individual adventures, we would then have clearer channels to Source Energy and to wellsprings of potentiality.
Please take notes, my friends, and acknowledge and encourage the spiraling of our beauty and riches in each other.
Miraculously Yours, Tonya