For mothers day I received a zero gravity lounge chair and i love it! This was my first mothers day and I was quite excited. I did have to remind my husband that this special day was approaching, asking 'have you and Fynn gone shopping yet?' Why did I feel the need to do this? not because of the present, no more to get him used to the idea that I need to know he and Fynn appreciate what I do everyday. Isn't that the reason for mothers day? making sure your mother knows they are great? Showing appreciation for all she does?
A friend of mine became a single mother when her children were both under 10 years old. Every mothers day and on her birthday she would take them to the mall, give them 20 dollars each and tell them to go and find something they thought she would like for the occasion. Admittedly some of the gifts she received in those early years were not necessarily items she could use, but the thought was there and both kids were always so excited to see her open the gift they got. Now that her children are in their 20's, they both still remember her birthday and always acknowledge occasions for her. When she told me of this, I thought that it was a great idea… both of my friends children understand that the simple acknowledgement of who you are and what you do is an important part of life.
Showing Appreciation for anyone and everyone in your life is important, I believe. The cashier at the supermarket, your boss, your spouse, your children, coworkers, everyone does something in your life that you can be appreciative for. We all reap what we sow, what you put out with a pure heart will come back to you.
Bosses know (or should know) that to show their employees that they appreciate them and the work they do means that the employees will work better, be happy to be there and do their best. We all have a need in us to know that what we are doing is making a difference and that someone is noticing this. Of course everything we do and our intentions are seen by someone bigger than all of us.
I have found in life that if the thought comes into your head to show someone your appreciation, then do it. Don't sit on it and put it on your 'to do' list that never gets done. That thought was put in your head for a reason, that person needs to here how you feel. A card saying thank you, even a simple note works.
A simple yet very effective action, showing another how much they are appreciated is never a waste of time.
Let us know some of the ways you have shown your appreciation?