These days I have a new appreciation for the world; and more specifically, the people around me. We live in a world of choices; and, of course, that is a good thing. But have you ever noticed how many people choose to be rude? Or, how many people choose to treat you as anything other than a human being? Have you ever noticed how somebody else’s actions can make or break your day? Have you ever felt insignificant? Alone? Have you ever felt like nothing you do is ever enough; like you don’t matter?
At some point, it occurred to me that this wasn’t good enough. Surely there is more to life than just going through the motions. We don’t have to live on the whims of employers, bullies, and the cranky underbelly of the general public. Do we?
The answer is a crystal-clear and resounding, “NO!” This is right where choice fits in.
The way I see it, we all have a choice. We can spend our lives in misery waiting for others to see what is special in all of us, or we can spend our lives focusing on those who, through their actions, deeds, or words, create meaning; however big or small, in our day to day lives. For me, a great customer service experience can turn my day into something wonderful. A smile or a few kind words from a stranger can make my heart soar! Knowing that the other person is making a choice to do something helpful or kind; that they choose to see me as a person… well, for me, that’s big.
I Choose Appreciation
“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” John F. Kennedy
Originally, I designed TAG’em as a mini-greeting card that you could carry in your pocket or purse. When one of those meaningful moments occurred, I would give the person a card to say “Thank you”. The response has always been amazing; smiles, hugs, statements about who they could pass the card on to…
I still carry the cards today, and for those who are interested, I also offer them for sale at a small cost. But really, you don’t need cards to show appreciation, and you don’t need to provide a reward for good behavior. That’s just icing on an already-tasty cake. What matters most, is that we choose not to take these moments for granted. They are a gift.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” Voltaire
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