The merits of a fine wine, craft beer or a gourmet meal are spoken of fondly. But how often do we verbally acknowledge the acts of those around us? Today’s advent calendar task was to recognize those around me.
Now don’t get me wrong; if something is substandard I’m not going to except excuses or take flake for making my opinion known. The sharp side of my tongue does exist but as a rule I do try to be kind and thankful. I often think it has to do with the fact that I see, professionally, how difficult life can be in the blink of an eye. I think seeing people on some of their worst days makes me remember and appreciate daily that my life is pretty darn good.
To follow through on the actions though I did tell several of my professional colleagues that I appreciated their actions. Someone thought I wanted something but I didn’t.
Personally I told my husband how much I appreciate many things he does but I think I could have worded it better. Because really, I appreciate his qualities way more than I appreciate that supper was made.
Perhaps the person I forget to appreciate was myself. I am a hard worker who expects a lot from myself and I need to acknowledge that I give generously of my heart and my time to many things.
I hope this blog inspires you to look around today at what you appreciate. Perhaps even go the extra step to acknowledging it verbally.