One of the things I really wanted to do this year is to make a conscious effort to show more appreciation for the things people do around me - not just friends and family but essentially anyone around who has done something praiseworthy.
I think more often than not, it's easy to focus on the bad and overlook the good. And of course if something is bad, one has to speak up (constructively) in the hope that it can make a change for the better. However, I also believe good behaviour has to be recognised, hopefully spurring more instances of goodness. (Not that we do good deeds to be praised but…you get the drift…)
And you know what I've noticed? Giving praise doesn't only make that someone receiving the compliment feel good. It also makes me feel GREAT! Besides possibly brightening someone's day, being able to recognise the good work someone does helps remind me that we're all capable of goodness, and that it is possible to love my neighbours as God has commanded. More importantly, I remember how immensely blessed I am to be surrounded by these people who light up my life in their own ways.
I'm the kind of person who generally delights in being an 'island' - self sufficient and mostly cocooned in my own world. Some days I even dread seeing others of my kind, irritated by the callousness or utter self centeredness of mankind. 'Make all these people disappear and give me some peace!', forgetting that peace is within reach, with my Lord. But God sends me these angels to remind me no man is an island; my life has been immeasurably enriched by the presence of these people and somehow all these flaws I previously complained about, they don't seem like such a big deal now. The speck in my eye has been removed (temporarily but I like to think one day it'd be permanently gone)!
I could never have conceived how saying thanks to another could possibly mean so much to the betterment of my soul.
It doesn't mean I am an angel now. Some days I fall back into my old ways, some days I forget to give credit where due, and other days I'm grumpy bear but I know I am making progress and my soul is being healed. Praise the Lord for teaching me this valuable lesson.
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