"Good morning, Eeyore," Pooh said. "Good morning, Pooh Bear," Eeyore said gloomily. "If it is a good morning, which I doubt," said he.
"Why, what's the matter?"
"Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing. We can't all, and some of us don't. That's all there is to it."
"Can't all what?" Pooh said, rubbing his nose.
"Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go round the mulberry bush."
Just finding a quotation from the donkey created by A.A. Milne is depressing. But some of us work with, attend church with or are even related to Eeyores.
The good news is you can make sure you're not an Eeyore by examining your actions.
Encouragers find a reason to praise. Eeyores are quick to criticize.
Encouragers are self-confident enough to be happy for others' success. Eeyores are jealous.
Encouragers smile at others. Eeyores don't notice anyone else.
Encouragers offer a hug, a touch, a card or a prayer when people need compassion. Eeyores do nothing.
Encouragers think before they speak to avoid offensive or hurtful words. Eeyores spout off, not hesitating to be judgmental or hostile.
Encouragers see the silver lining. Eeyores see dark clouds on the horizon.
Encouragers want you to be happy too. Eeyores delight in saying, "Misery loves company."
Encouragers are pleasant to be around. Eeyores raise the tension.
Encouragers are fun. Eeyores are party-poopers.
Encouragers are outwardly-focused. Eeyores are self-absorbent.
Encouragers are not perfect, but give even Eeyores mercy.
If you have an Eeyore sapping your energy and zest for life, pray for him or her. Realize a true encourager may have an Eeyore moment and need extra love to get through the challenge. With Jesus, we all have reason to see blue skies.
"Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another …" — I Thessalonians 5:11