The other day I wrote a post about discouragement. I decided I should counter that post with one to explain encourage. I’m cheating a little by including the definition for encourage as part of this post. I will also include a description of discouragement.

verb (used with object), en·cour·aged, en·cour·ag·ing.

1.to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence: His coach encouraged him throughout the marathon race to keep on running.

2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.: One of the chief duties of a teacher is to encourage students.

3. to promote, advance, or foster: Poverty often encourages crime.



1. verb (used with object), dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing.
to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence; dishearten; dispirit.
to dissuade (usually followed by from).

2. to obstruct by opposition or difficulty; hinder:Low prices discourage industry.

3. to express or make clear disapproval of; frown upon:to discourage the expression of enthusiasm.

1. verb (used without object), dis·cour·aged, dis·cour·ag·ing.
to become discouraged:a person who discourages easily.


My Thoughts

I’m not sure how to continue writing this post. The post I wrote about despair the other day was easy to write. I’m having a little bit of trouble writing the post about encouragement. One thing I remember from my childhood is that I didn’t always get encouraged to improve and to grow. As life went on, I proved that statement to be incorrect. I did make something of myself when I worked for the Department of alcoholic beverage control in Salt Lake City UT. As I have said before on this website, I started as Christmas help, and it ended as a programmer analyst in the central office.


My growth at my job has little to do with encouragement and has more to do with personal stamina and desire to do better. Children need help when they’re young; they also need support from their parents and siblings. Teaching them that they are worthwhile that they are intelligent that there is a contribution to be made to society and especially that they are lovely to be around. So many people today don’t know what it feels like to be part of a family unit. Their entire existence has been disenfranchised by politicians, school teachers, college professors, and those who are enlisted to dumb down American Society.


I would encourage anyone that is reading this post with children to think about the education of their children. Discipline is good, but training has to come with love. If we want our society to move off of its current track, which I think it’s the track to hell, the parents of children in our community today need to encourage their children to do better. To understand the history of our country, and not to be led by those that would have them be slaves to government and society in general.


If I had been encouraged instead of criticized, I could have done a lot more for myself and others in society. I had some excellent ideas I wanted to invent things that would make life exciting and more comfortable. I was discouraged from doing those things because it made my parents feel embarrassed by me. My older brother was one of those who would make fun of me rather than teach me when it came to things, such as sports, when I was in my teenage years.

About this Post

This post has turned into more about me than it is about encouragement. But by writing it, I think that I am encouraging myself to do better and to be a better person. If someone takes the time to read things that I write and even make comments, either encouraging me to continue or telling me what I am doing wrong when I compose my thoughts and feelings and put them in a post on my website. I guess that is all for right now. I may come back to this post and rewrite it in the future, but I’m going to let it stand as it is for the time being. Thank you for reading.


Hello. I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I lived for a few months in Southern California. I now live in Saint George, Utah. For more information about me, click on My History or About Me in the menu.