I recently had this exchange via text with a fellow volunteer.

 a text exchange "LOL" You rock Seriously Rock!" "Thank you without getting too sloppy your appreciation is appreciated" "Heheheheh It's nice to be apprecaited :)" "Well It's Nice when someone verbalizes it"

Her words made me feel good and it got me thinking. We need more appreciation in this world. People are quick to complain and all you need do is read the comments section of any online news article and you’ll see that rudeness and hostility abound.

When I really stop and think about it, I have much to appreciate in my life (my family, friends and many material things), but too often I get bogged down in what frustrates me (my husband’s wonky work schedule, kids who view me as the maid, my inability to lose weight).

That night, those words of appreciation made a difference. I decided it was time to start voicing my appreciation more. I’ve been trying to let those around me know that I appreciate them and the things they do.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Pollyana I can, and do, fire off a frustrated rant with the best of them, but I am making a conscious effort to appreciate the good.



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