When is the last time you showed encouragement to someone? Or when is the last time that you were encouraging? How about the last time that you were encouraged?
By definition encourage means to give support, confidence, or hope to someone. For some people, it takes very little things to help the feel encouraged. For others sometimes it takes massive amounts of constant encouragement to help at all. I think I can be a little of both at times, but mostly the latter.
Confidence --- I lack very little confidence in most things that I do, and any confidence that I may show is usually a front. So for me, encouragement is a huge factor in being successful in whatever I may do, because it helps boost my confidence.
Support --- Support is another part of encouragement that I greatly seek as well. Going through something as difficult as infertility is hard to do alone, so support from others that are struggling as well, is really helpful. Support from others that may not know how you feel helps too. Support is not biased. The more you give, the more encouraged someone is.
Giving hope --- I can not express the importance of giving hope. Giving hope to someone constantly reminds them that no matter what you are going through, there is hope. It may be extremely difficult to keep hope alive in the midst of all of the discouraging things, but thankfully, wherever there is discouragement, encouragement is there as well.
So, for all of the people that have given me confidence, encouragement, and hope, I thank you with all of my heart. Every day is a new battle and without people constantly surrounding me with all of these attributes, I don't know how I would survive. You may not realize how just a few words can greatly help out someone that is struggling. So I challenge you to be someone's confidence, be there encouragement, be there hope. You never know when you made need them to do the same.