“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” Voltaire
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. Ralph Marston
With Mother’s Day around the corner, it is time for us to reflect on the meaning and power of APPRECIATION. I know some of us feel that Mother’s Day ought to be every day and not just something we spend oodles on during one glorious Sunday of the year. I get it but, we can continue the tradition while acting with appreciation towards our loved ones on a daily basis. Make Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Friendship Day, Me Day an every day affair, and bathe in the glow that comes from sharing your appreciation for others. Whether we call it gratitude or a thankful spirit, what remains constant is that all of us want to be appreciated by our friends, families, and colleagues. In return, we also must show appreciation to others; friends, family, cohorts, and even the occasional stranger who shows us a helping hand in our time of need. Appreciation from fans and strangers is great too because it reminds us that we don’t live in a vacuum populated by our loved ones only. Appreciation ought to be spread around and given freely.
“Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.” Alan Cohen
Sonnet: I Thank You By Henry Timrod
I thank you, kind and best beloved friend,
With the same thanks one murmurs to a sister,
When, for some gentle favor, he hath kissed her,
Less for the gifts than for the love you send,
Less for the flowers, than what the flowers convey;
If I, indeed, divine their meaning truly,
And not unto myself ascribe, unduly,
Things which you neither meant nor wished to say,
Oh! tell me, is the hope then all misplaced?
And am I flattered by my own affection?
But in your beauteous gift, methought I traced
Something above a short-lived predilection,
And which, for that I know no dearer name,
I designate as love, without love’s flame. via Poetry Foundation
What does appreciation mean to me? While receiving appreciation from others is wonderful, it will fall on deaf ears if we don’t appreciate ourselves. Start with Yourself and then spread the delight and joy to others and see what a shift it will make in your life. Some people think they have to be perfect, perennially kind and lolly gagging at everything that crosses their path in order to show appreciation. That is a fallacy. Appreciation comes from an honest place of deep gratitude within. It cannot and shouldn’t be faked. When we spend time thinking about the world we inhabit and all the people that make it possible for us to move from day to night and day again, we can begin to glimpse the true meaning of living with a spirit of appreciation. We don’t need public pronouncements or gigantic awards to confirm that we are appreciated: a simple Thank You, a kind note, a phone call, a mention, all add to our currency of lifelong appreciation.
Say Thank You often: In the blogging world, we often forget to thank those who take the time to visit, read, and comment on our blogs. Every visitor is a valued member of our blog family/community and the appreciation is one we cannot take for granted. Every day we add a post, blog friends come to like, read, comment or just observe. We can see every interaction as a gift not a right and view our fellow blog friends as part of our creative growth. Even if we are not always able to reciprocate with the same consistency, we must always value their appreciation. So we must stop often and say again and again and again to everyone who crosses our path and touches our heart: Thank You for Your Support and Love! You are always in my heart and always appreciated. As we grow stronger in expressing gratitude, we will find many ways to reciprocate in appreciation.
The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for April and May are:
04/06 – PERFECTION
04/13 – MISTAKES
04/20 – GROWTH
04/27 – MINDFULNESS
05/03 – APPRECIATION
05/13 – COMFORT
05/20 – FITNESS
05/27 – SERVICE
“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” Dalai Lama
There are realities we all share, regardless of our nationality, language, or individual tastes. As we need food, so do we need emotional nourishment: love, kindness, appreciation, and support from others. J. Donald Walters
Even though we all crave the gratitude that comes from those who know us, understand our struggle and appreciate the efforts we make, our gratitude must extend beyond them. The need to be appreciated is a human quality and, while some people build walls around their hearts, the walls are because of their fear of rejection or a lingering memory of not being appreciated. Each day we get out of bed and complete our oblations, we must include a moment of gratitude for the gift of life. We live in an abundant yet complex world of wants/needs, denials/done-deals, and acceptance/rejections. Make a difference by brightening some one else’s day.
What Does Appreciation mean to you? In what ways are you appreciative/unappreciative? How do you experience it in your life? Thank you.
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Positive Motivation Tip: Appreciation comes in large and small ways. We can start with a simple Thank you! I see you!
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Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for end of November and all of December below)
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