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   Posted 7/30/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
We all have ups and downs in our lives...that's what being alive is all about. But when you do have those down times, what can someone do to encourage you?

For me something tangible doesn't do much. Gifts or going out to dinner encouraging either. The biggest thing someone can do...and this has to be that 'special someone', is to give me their time and love. When I had gone back to college I was going for a 2 year degree so I could get into the workforce and support my kids and myself. Well, when I was part way through my soon-to-be hubby posed a question to me. He said...."why NOT go the full 4 years...what's stopping you?" It was one of the few times I've been tongue By then we were together and I had sold my farm, my grades were great and I had the desire. My silence was my answer and I did go ahead and finished my degree with his encouragement. Knowing he had faith in me was what gave me the confidence I needed at that time. I love him for that trait. smilewinkgrin

What encourages you when you need it? Do you have an experience from the past or is there something that someone can do to encourage you in a future endeavor?

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   Posted 7/30/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Dang!  This gave me goosebumps!  What an awesome story!!!  I love it!  I don't know what my response will be here.  I have to think first (that in itself is my challenge lol). 
Chutzie, I tihnk I love your husband!  What a cool guy. 
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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   Posted 7/30/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
What encourages you when you need it?
   Dear Chutz,
     My husband and my daughters. My husband always seems to encourage me to feel confident in my decisions. and when I feel like I cannot go on, he will hold my hand til I reach the finish line.. so to speak. So I guess my family encourages me.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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