Give the young and struggling a word of encouragement when you can. You would not leave those plants in your window boxes without water, nor refuse to open the shutters that the sunlight might fall upon them; but you would leave some human flower to suffer from want of appreciation or the sunlight of encouragement. There are a few hardy souls that can struggle along on stony soil --- shrubs that can wait for the dews and sunbeams --- vines that climb without kindly training; but only a few. Utter the kind word when you can see that it is deserved. The thought that "no one cares and no one knows" blights many a bud of promise. Be it the young artist at his easel, the young preacher at his pulpit, the workman at his bench, the boy at his mathematical problems, or your little girl at the piano, give what praise you can.
September 14, 1882
I really love old-fashioned wisdom. This advice is as good now as it was back in 1882.
Hi La Tea Dah...That was great wisdom, indeed. Loved it. Still works today! SusanReplyDelete
Oh that is excellent advice and uncommonly good wisdom. I'm linking to it.ReplyDelete
A beautiful reminder....ReplyDelete
Oh I just couldn't agree more! An encouraging word is just what we all need every now and then. Have a wonderful day! Blessings, DebbieReplyDelete
Everytime I look at a struggling plant I will think of this. Good stuffReplyDelete
Oh, I love this so much! May I please put this on my magazine quote on my blog too and have a link back to you? One of my customers died who was an artist and this would be perfect for me to connect with what I wanted to say.ReplyDelete