The Art of Appreciation

“Give Thanks in All Circumstances!”

When was the last time that you encountered a person whose
life seemed to exude joy? Their countenance was joyful. The
lilt in their voice was joyful and the gleam in their eye was
joyful….and maybe, even a bit mischievous. Did you ask them
about the source of their joy? Often we miss that opportunity
to learn from the joyful sole that is next to us…but when we do
ask the question and look for the lesson, often we discover a
person who takes nothing for granted but in everything gives
As I have reflected on the art of appreciation I have
started to see that truly appreciative people take nothing for
granted. People that take nothing for granted start to see
wonder in the mundane. They start to see that even the hot
water that flows from the spigot is a luxury and a delight. They
see that the air they breathe is a gift they are given and they
say thank you.
At some point in the journey of appreciation we start to
understand that the lack of appreciation robs us of joy and kills
relationship. When one is not appreciated, one is taken for
granted. It hurts to be taken for granted! Our lack of
appreciation is the very essence of taking some one or
something for granted. The great sadness is that we often take
those for granted whom we love the most. That is especially
true of my relationship with God and with my family.
To counter act this tendency I have started the 10/3
experiment. At 10am & 3pm., I put TWH, Time With Him, into
my calendar. I also program my watch (Vibralite) to vibrate.
This is my reminder to stop & reflect on the last 5 hours. I
review what has happened and how God has been uniquely
present.I jot a few notes and I say thank you. Then, before I go to bed I review my day, I check in with Him and I say thank
I believe that practicing the art of appreciation has amped
my joy, transformed my relationships and given me a greater
reason to get out of bed. Please join me in the 10/3

— Dick

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2 thoughts on “The Art of Appreciation

  1. Dick:
    The “Art of Appreciation” was 376 words. Take it from a lawyer “wordsmith” … say it in fewer words. Love you.