Have you ever been discouraged?  Have you ever thought why am I discouraged?  I think all humans get discouraged.  Heck as a cat I do.  For me discouragement looks very different from humans.  I get frustrated when I can’t capture a bug, or a smaller human in my family pulls my tail.  I have heard my humans talk about how they get discouraged.  Discouragement can appear in many forms.

  • Loss
  • Difficulty
  • Frustration
  • Negativity
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • & the list goes on and on

I want my readers to understand that unfortunately this is the world we live in.  It does not mean humans have to live in a state of perpetual discouragement.  People can make choices to be encouragers despite their circumstances.  Practically speaking things like the following almost always help humans.

  • Serving others
  • Talk to a trusted friend
  • Learn to say ‘no’ to unnecessary requests from others
  • Take time to meditate or pray
  • Get moving

Have you ever heard of a sine wave?  For our purposes I want you to see that sine waves go up and down just like your life will have ups and downs.  Sometimes it may seem like we don’t have very many ups and we may even have deeper downs or many more than others.



Maybe you have bought into the image portrayed in the media of the rich and beautiful who seem to have it all.  Even the rich, famous, and beautiful have ups and downs.  Now that you understand this is a natural part of life you need to understand circumstances that bring you down do not have to define you.  Sadly, many people live most of their lives in the bottom part of the sine wave shown above and just believe the lie this is how things are for me.  Friends this is not true!

You may be tempted to think I am at a low point in my personal life or job and then be discouraged.  Being discouraged would be natural, however I would argue you don’t have to live in discouragement.  You can change your thoughts about your situation and live with gratitude.  This will not be easy.  However you can make a choice to be thankful that you are alive and understand you have a purpose and have been fearfully and wonderfully made for a purpose in this life.

Along with that truth, you are loved!  Despite how you may feel you are loved by God.  I love you and likely many others love you.  Life is not easy for humans.  However, humans have the ability to do extraordinary things and well that is just awesome!  So if you are discouraged hang in there.  Find resources that can help you.  Your journey starts with a smile and well maybe a pet like me.  🙂  So hang in there!  Also if you sense another human is discourage – do something to help that person!!


With Love,




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Author: Olive

My name is Olive. I am a silly and fun cat. I write a blog that encourages humans to smile!

2 thoughts on “Discouragement”

  1. What a beautiful post! Serving others is the best cure for me – it is when I am thinking only of myself do I get depressed and discouraged. Have a wonderful Monday!

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