The Gift of Appreciation

December 13, 2010

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

I read an article the other day about how people are much more likely to seek the bad in something than appreciate the good that is already present. This happens to us day in and out; you remember receiving that Christmas present last year? It wasn’t the exact iPod alarm clock you wanted, but it was another no-name brand that was very similar. It saved your parents money, and after all “its the thought that counts”.

As we progress through this holiday season lets take a moment to show appreciation in all things good. When you go to the store and someone greets and asks you “How are you today?”, take a moment to thank them for asking how you are. It’s these little ideas that really end up being the big things; the next time you go to the store and an employee does not greet you, it is very likely you will leave with a bad impression. How about when you wake up and family members say good morning? The same situation applies!

It’s also worth noting that any strong relationship shouldn’t be a problem that needs to be fixed. You might face challenges every now-and-then, but they shouldn’t need fixing right from the start. Relationships need to be cherished.

The point in all of this, is that you shouldn’t hold back from showing appreciation in every little thing that happens. Thank whomever you may encounter for their generosity, prove to the world that you care. After all, isn’t the holiday season about giving gifts? Share a gift of gratitude.

Tom Beute

Written by Tom Beute– a Christian, barista, and software engineer.