Appreciation is never to be underestimated or undervalued. Like you, I have had my share of complaining, blaming, and straight-up whining. But it’s never gotten me anywhere, at least not to a place that I’ve wanted to be. It takes a simple step back to take stock of the things in life that you do have, not what you don’t have, want, or should have. We can play that game all day long. Focus on the blessings that are real here and now and recognize that you’re more fortunate to have them in your life than majority of people in the world.
Appreciation doesn’t need to be about the big things in life. It should be the things that add value to who you are as a person and what makes you happy. In fact, appreciation should start not with the things, but the people you surround yourself with: family and friends to start. I recently was on vacation in Lake Tahoe (my happy place) with my family and closest friends. This is the one week out of the entire year that I look forward to the most and would not miss for anything….and I mean anything. It’s for one simple reason: the people that appreciate more than anything in the world is my family.
When you begin to really, truly appreciate the people in your life, you’ll begin to see the value that you bring to their lives in return. The positive environment and energy that is created by mutual appreciation and love among people is the strongest emotion and force that you can experience. It’s an empowering experience to be the best that you can be because the people you rely on to reach for your dreams also rely on you in achieving their respective dreams.
Appreciation also means you’ll never take a moment for granted. We’re only here for a limited time and you never, ever know when it will be over. We’re often separated by time and distance, but the ultimate separator is excuses. Part of taking control of your life is to eliminate the excuses and when you eliminate the excuses, you open yourself up to the possibilities you never allowed yourself.
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