Encourage, Don’t Discourage

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”

So today, on this Friday, January 27, 2012, as you go through your day interacting with other imperfect people, try giving encouragement, not discouragement.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, who also served until recently in municipal parks and recreation, lives in Peachtree City, Ga., and can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email cwo4usmc@comcast.net.

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5 comments on “Encourage, Don’t Discourage

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  2. Bernie Rangel on said:

    As a young one I was always told by one of my grandfathers about the two ears, two eyes, and one mouth theory. He would say the Lord knew what he was doing. Pass it on to the grand kids. Good writing thanks for sharing.

  3. Ida Rodkey on said:

    Great article! Any chance we could reprint in our monthly community newsletter?

  4. Barb Burkholder on said:

    I just heard that you have two ears, so listen more than talk, but I like the two eyes to observe too. Great article. Going into my annual review in 45 minutes. I can’t think of a better article to have read as I sit here preparing myself for my year in review.

  5. Ed Wolfenbarger on said:

    I often forget what I should remember that my mother would quote ” If you can’t say something nice ……don’t say anything at all”

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