Life is good! A couple of months ago I attended the Tampa premiere of a new movie called HappyThankyouMorePlease and the title resonates with my life these days.
I don’t know about you but I’m finding more and more things to be grateful for and to appreciate — and a lot of these are things that aren’t new – I just never really took the time to notice them before.
When I was thinking about this post, I pondered the difference between gratitude and appreciation and stumbled across the following post: Gratitude and Appreciation – what’s the Difference? The author talks about gratitude giving rise to appreciation, and I tend to agree to a point.
I believe that we can be grateful for things and people in our life without anyone else knowing it or being a part of it. The difference is that appreciation begins when you spread or share such gratitude with another (preferably someone to whom you are grateful). I’m grateful for sunsets of crimson and gold, warm (hot) Florida days, friends and family, colleagues who listen to my presentations and read my writing, and pets who keep me company. I can be truly grateful for these and other good things in life – and savor the goodness with and by myself.
But, how much could it mean to someone if I shared my appreciation for them – with them? In this hustle and bustle world we live, we take the time to point out our own or others’ mistakes, and overlook chances to tell people what we appreciate. As a time saving strategy, why don’t we invest 10 seconds to say “thank you” and bypass the hours we labor over how to temper our disappointment? In our Return-on-Investment focused life, the thank you reaps a far better yield than carefully crafted criticism. And what’s the residual value of spreading goodness? It’s not often we imagine how we’d feel if a co-worker or friend or loved one took a moment to say “I really appreciate you today.” It just doesn’t happen.
Let me begin by thanking you for reading these words and spending a few valuable heartbeats on my blog today. I appreciate that you chose to be here when there’s a myriad of other things you could be doing. I appreciate your time and energy – and I wish you a great day. (Now it’s your turn to catch someone doing something right and tell them.)
I love being grateful (it’s a positive feeling) and I’m finding that the next step is to tell others that I appreciate them. Following the title of the film I mentioned earlier, I’m Happy, Thankyou- More please!
p.s., Here’s a link to some gratitude quotes from the posting link above. Enjoy!
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