October 27, 2013
Some folks just cannot help it.
They’ll deflate your balloon at a moment’s notice. They’ll find the flaw and let you know about it. They’ll list the reasons why it won’t work.
They’ll question your motives.
They will make sure you know they don’t approve of whatever it is they don’t approve. They will find ways to undermine your dream.
I call that the Gift of Discouragement. It seems second nature to some individuals. (It turns out that phrase is not original with me. See here also. However, I never heard of it until i said it, but did observe it.) I am ordinarily an encourager, but can fall into this practice as well.
Have you ever run into a person so gifted? What was the result in your life? Have you ever been that person? What happened?