In the speed of our everyday activities, how often do you appreciate your life, work and all that is around you? I just returned from several weeks in Peru and realized how there is so much I take for granted which deserves to be appreciated. Like what…?
- heat (by choice) vs none
- air conditioning (by choice) vs none
- indoor plumbing vs none
- being able to flush paper as needed vs not
- safe water from faucet vs not
- completed home with windows, doors and a roof vs not
- automobile and easy access to gas vs walking miles – uphill
- instant communication – phone and email access
- abundance of clothes for many occasions vs maybe two outfits
Those are just some of the comforts that are taken for granted by most of us.
And then how about a great work environment, wonderful people to work with, and expanding knowledge. And a paycheck.
On the personal side, loving spouse, friends and family.
Sure there may be daily bumps in the road but looking at the big picture – it is awesome to realize the small details everyday that deserve to be appreciated rather than expected and overlooked.
I certainly understand that the life of a sheep herder has it’s benefits and can be appreciated, that is not the point.
Ask yourself, are you appreciating where you are, who you are with and what you are doing? Are you sharing your appreciation? Or are you assuming that ‘they’ know you appreciate the action or connection.
Take a few minutes and express your appreciation – even if it just out loud without anyone hearing you.
I have written thank you notes before (yes, on a piece of paper and mailed them!) and the person receiving it called to say thank you for the thank you note. In one situation, the organization president said he had never been thanked before (this was regarding a bonus check.) He said everyone else just assumed they were entitled to the optional bonus.
Have you become entitled to your job? Your paycheck? It is time to share your appreciation through effective actions and expressing it directly.
Let me know what you appreciate in your job and daily life.