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Friday, August 27, 2010

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow

Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Plato

We often become impatient with others. Perhaps they are slower than we are in certain endeavours that we consider commonplace. Or perhaps they come from a different background - academically, professionally, socially, biologically - and are not able to assimilate something or accomplish something as quickly as we are. Or perhaps we've been there, done that eons ago, and find it hard to understand how someone else could not yet have understood whatever it is.

Ironically enough we find this easy to understand if the "slow" person is a child, or perhaps someone with Down's Syndrome, or our beloved 90-year-old great-uncle. Then we encourage them despite their slowness, we cheer them on, we are proud of them for any and all steps towards progress that they are undertaking.

Let's try to be that way with all who aim to cross thresholds never before attempted, who try to step outside of their particular comfort zone, who may take longer than we think that particular action should take, and yet who are making progress. If we deny them this encouragement, if we discourage them, we will have - in some fashion - lowered our own energy and progress as well. And we will have robbed them in immeasurable ways of something that is so easy to give: the gift of encouragement.



Photo Credit: Irina Naumets

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