Some people just lift you up. They help you to have hope or feel good about yourself.
I goggled about the Poet, Walt Whitman, and found that when he was a young man, he struggled to get anyone interested in his writing. In 1855, he published Leaves of Grass, a small volume of poetry. Because none of the big publishing houses would accept it, he paid neighborhood printers to produce 795 copies of it. It received little notice or acclaim from critics. it didn’t sell!
“He couldn’t get rid of them”, a friend said. “The price of the book was $2, then it went down to $1, then 50 cents.”‘ he laughed it off.
However, Whitman did receive a note of encouragement from someone. It said, “Dear Sir, I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has seen yet. I greet you at the beginning of a great career”.
But the question is this : Who was this ‘encourager’? None other than Ralph Waldo Emerson, the most respected literary figure of the day in America.
Take a quick look at your friends or y
our inner circle and ask yourself who is your ‘encourage’?
Let’s keep pushing others up!
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