EnCOURAGEment

“You just needed a little encouragement.”— Harold to Phillip in the play Orphans by Lyle Kessler

Honor to those whose words or deeds
Thus help us in our daily needs,
And by their overflow
Raise us from what is low!
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poem Santa Filomena

courage (noun): c. 1300, corage, “heart (as the seat of emotions),” hence “spirit, temperament, state or frame of mind,”from Old French corage “heart, innermost feelings; temper” (12c., Modern French courage), from Vulgar Latin *coraticum (source of Italian coraggio, Spanish coraje), from Latin cor “heart” (from PIE root *kerd- “heart”).

encourage (verb): early 15c., from Old French encoragier “make strong, hearten,” from en- “make, put in” (see en- (1)) + corage “courage, heart” (see courage). Related: Encouraged; encouraging; encouragingly.

Sometimes all a person needs when they’re going through some shit is your attention and your encouragement.

Or really, your heart.

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