1 February 2019
One of the responsibilities we have as friends, family, and colleagues is to encourage one another.
At the Smithsonian Institute they have on display the personal effects that Abraham Lincoln was carrying on the night he was shot. In one of his pockets they found a worn-out newspaper clipping praising his accomplishments as president.
Why would one of the greatest presidents in the history of the U.S. be carrying around such an article? Lincoln led the nation during a divisive time and was often criticized by the press and many others for the many tough decisions he had to make. Historians have theorized that when often facing the criticisms and hard situations that was his life as president, he read this article for encouragement.
We all need to be encouraged through hard times. Life is hard and we face struggles each and every day. One of the responsibilities we have as friends, family, and colleagues is to encourage one another. It is part of living in community. The definition of the word encouragement is “to place courage in someone” and when life is hard that is exactly what we need – the courage to face the tough situations, to get the work done, to make the hard decisions.
Over this holiday weekend take some time to give someone you know “courage”.
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Written by Karl Steinkamp
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