An Encouragement for Dealing With the Discouragements in Life.


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I think that it is safe to say that most people like to help others. The gesture makes us feel good about ourselves and makes our lives a little brighter and happier. Conversely, there are instances in which it can seem like we do kind and caring things for people as well as try to “live the good life.” Have you ever noticed that? You try to do things the right way over and over again…yet some individuals that you may know (or don’t know) keep finding the one wrong thing that you may have done and focus on that.

Today’s story serves as an encouragement for you…to remind you to always keep your eyes on the positive things in life and not the mistakes that you may have made.


One day a school teacher wrote the following math equations on the blackboard;











When he was done, he looked at the students who were all laughing at him, because the first equation was wrong. The teacher then said the following….”I wrote that first equation wrong on purpose because I wanted you to learn something important. This was for you to know how the world out there will treat you. You can see that I wrote the correct equations 9 times correctly but none of you congratulated me for it; you all laughed and criticized me because of the one wrong thing that I did. So this is the lesson…”

“The world will never appreciate the good you do a million times, but will criticize you for the one wrong thing that you do…don’t get discouraged.”


  5 comments for “An Encouragement for Dealing With the Discouragements in Life.

  1. March 18, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Very true!

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  2. March 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Reblogged this on Gail's Blog and commented:
    As someone who obsesses about what I can’t get right in spite of things I do well, this story resonates with me. Apparently, my focus on the negative when it comes to self-reflection is also a reflection of how people tend to see others.

    I think what this story tells us is that we are naturally drawn to anomalies. In that case, maybe the opposite is true as well. If someone has a reputation for actions that are mostly wrong, does the one positive display of rightness capture extreme attention while the person who usually does the right thing is in the spotlight when they err?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. March 18, 2017 at 8:25 am

    So sad yet so true. Time to look at the bright side of life! Been missing you, Coach. Hope all is well.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. March 19, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Great post! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. July 15, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Reblogged this on bodyandsoulnourishmentblog.

    Liked by 1 person

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