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Granddaddy only had a third grade education. He came up in a time when children were taking from school to work to help support the family. As we were conversing one day, he inquired about my classes. I was in Junior College at the time and I told him how rough it was especially while having to work a full-time job at the same time. He gave me so many words of encouragement that night, I just couldn't post them all. The one thing that stood out to me was the summation of his life. It has become one of my famous quotes during one of my motivational engagements:
"Man is only as strong as his faith. The more it is exercised, the stronger he becomes." ~ Elegant Granny
During my Grandfathers life, he had to endure so many things to overcome not only to help himself, but to assist his family members to have a better life. As the patriarch in the family, there was always a word of encouragement coming from this man. He also encouraged us to do the same with each other, and others we come into contact with.
My Grandfather never saw me graduate from college, but there was a surety within him that said I was going to make it. Today, I am working on my MBA, and still working full-time (plus up to 32hrs of overtime during the week). I am also working on publishing other work besides my three blogs. I am so grateful to God for the times we shared. Those words he gave me were always the best pick me up I needed.
Encouragement is one of the greatest gifts you can give. My gift to you, is to always believe you're going to make it no matter how hard it becomes. Whenever you feel as if you won't, remember why you started on your journey in the first place. Once you realize how far you've come, you won't want to turn around.