Day 2: Something I Feel Strongly About


Gratitude & Appreciation

I used to think gratitude and appreciation had the same meaning. When in fact, we can be grateful for something in our lives without really appreciating it. Appreciating something stems from looking deeply into why we feel so grateful towards it. 

"The world has enough beautiful mountains, spectacular skies
and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields, and 
sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise 
and sunset everyday. What the world needs more of is people to 
appreciate and enjoy it." - Michael Josephson

In the past few months I've been thinking about the lack of appreciation I get from friends and family. A couple days ago I realised that some family members only ever seem to ask me for favours. No "Hi how are you?". Just "will you do this for me?". They thank me every time, but they don't appreciate me. At some point they realised that I never say no, and I started getting taken for granted. That is the point when all appreciation is lost. I help people regardless, but wanting appreciation in return isn't a selfish request. "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated" - William James.

I'm sure that I'm guilty of not extending my gratitude to appreciation. But I try every day to appreciate each and every person in my life and what they do for me. As soon as I feel like I am taking somebody or something for granted, I let my appreciation be known. My readers for example, I appreciate every minute you take out of your day to read my posts, to like a picture, to RT. I also appreciate RT accounts, without them or you my blog wouldn't be heading in the amazing direction it is headed now. As Alfred North Whitehead once, so perfectly said "No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude". I created this blog, I write the posts, but you keep me going. You inspire me and keep my passion alive. 

I am going to end this post with a quote that beautifully sums it up. 

"As we express our gratitude, we must never 
forget that the highest appreciation is not to 
utter words but to live by them" - John F.Kennedy

All my love

-xo

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2 comments:

  1. I've recently come across this blog, and I love the idea behind it; it's genius! Thank you, from one letter writer to another x

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  2. Thank you so much! Your comment has put a huge smile on my face this morning.

    SH;AL-xo

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