I'm not very happy with my own performance just at the moment. Those of you who are never happy with my performance can take a time-out. This really don't concern you.
I am not doing very well at anything. Lots of little things are broken. Lots of people need time. Everything is taking longer because I am not used to the hardware. I am tired. Typos creep in. Jokes may be insensitive. I say things without thinking as usual but they are wrong.
I hear a voice from the encouraging past saying, 'Don't worry. When you only do averagely you do better than most.' It's a voice I trust and so today's lesson is this; encouragement is a way of keeping someone going across time. You don't just cheer them up once - in fact encouragement rarely works instantly - you say something that will live with them for ever.
I needed to post that to be encouraged. I didn't know how the post would end when I started. Thanks for being there.