This is my latest contribution to Writer’s Quote Wednesday, hosted by Colleen Chesebro of silverthreading.com. This week, I also want to link it back to Ronovan’s Be Wonderful on Wednesday (#BeWoW) share. I encourage you all to follow these links to discover some stimulating posts.
Once again, I must ask your forgiveness for being a little self-indulgent by using one of my own quotes. However, I feel justified in doing so. As I read the lovely, appreciative comments from Colleen and others following my midweek quote and motto last week, I positively glowed with happiness and satisfaction. The warmth that I felt reminded me that:
As we go through life, we are often quick to criticize. If somebody is rude to us, or gives us bad service, or the food that we eat in a restaurant is not up to our expectations, we might tell the person who inflicted that bad experience upon us. Almost always, we tell some of our friends and family about how awful that person or service or food was.
“This meal is cold.”
“You made me wait far too long”
“I don’t appreciate being spoken to in that way.”
The effect of such criticism may be shame, anger, bad feeling and, occasionally, remedial action resulting in future improvement.
If we are so free with our criticism, surely we should be equally free with our praise and appreciation.
If you think that somebody has given you good service, or has presented delicious meal to you, or looks great today, or you think that their painting, book or singing is wonderful, or if they have pleased you in any way whatsoever, TELL THEM!
Don’t you feel good when somebody tells you that what you have done or said has made them happy? Of course you do!
Always remember how good you feel when somebody appreciates your efforts, and reflect that feeling as you walk through life today letting people know that they have pleased you. Don’t keep it to yourself. Share your satisfaction and make then glow.
“Everyone appreciates being appreciated.”