June 12      

Today's quotation:

A habit for all of us to develop would be to look for something to appreciate in everyone we meet.  We can all be generous with appreciation.  Everyone is grateful for it.  It improves every human relationship, it brings new courage to people facing difficulties, and it brings out the best in everyone.  So, give appreciation generously whenever you can.  You will never regret it.

Carl Holmes

Today's Meditation:

It's very easy not to show appreciation, to take things for granted.  So many people do so many things for us that we never thank them for, yet our lives wouldn't be nearly as rich if they didn't do the things they do.  From the people who deliver our mail and packages to those who stock the shelves in the stores to the teachers we've had and the people who haul away our garbage, our lives are full of people who deserve our appreciation, yet to whom the vast majority of us never, ever express that appreciation.

Our appreciation is much stronger when it is expressed, when we share it with those whom we appreciate.  If we keep it in, it serves no purpose at all and contributes nothing to the positive energy of the world-- and in this day and age, we can use all the positive energy that we can possibly gather.  When our appreciation is sincere and sincerely expressed, we're letting others know that their efforts haven't been wasted, that what they've done has made a difference to someone in the world, even if in a very small way.

I find myself rather often walking away from situations thinking how nice or how helpful a certain person was, and then asking myself, "Why didn't I tell that person that I appreciate their kindness?"  I don't want to do that.  I want to share my appreciation when I feel it, and I want to do so clearly and immediately as often as I can.  It's just one aspect of my life with which I can contribute positively to the world and the people in my life.

Sincere appreciation can be one of the strongest things that we share with others, and it's pretty easy to do as long as we stay mindful of the fact that we do appreciate what others are doing for us.  Let's make it a part of our daily lives to be mindful of those things we appreciate, and to share that appreciation with those people who have made our lives easier or richer.

Questions to consider:

What kinds of things do you appreciate, but don't think about very often?

How do you feel when someone expresses sincere appreciation to you for something that you've done or said?

How might showing sincere appreciation add to our lives in positive ways?

For further thought:

Appreciation is the oil that lubricates life and keeps your wheels turning easily and freely.  Without appreciation, your wheels will still spin, but they are apt to become rusted with resentment and exhaustion.  Since there is great truth in the well-known statement "We teach people how to treat us," you can start teaching others to shower you with appreciation by showering yourself first.

Sue Patton Thoele

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