April 18 – Appreciation

Never underestimate the role people have played in your life. We must appreciate the impact others have had on our lives and on us. We would not be the people we are today if not for the influence of those closest to us. We all have role models we look up to. Friends we admire. Parents or relatives who guide us. We gain wisdom from those around us and even ourselves. We should be so grateful for this experience of learning that we call life.

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On this topic, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:

“Gratitude and appreciation are important facets of our lives. There have been so many women who have shared their wisdom and their knowledge with us. Some of that wisdom has been learned from others, and some of it has been self-taught, and all of it has been profound.

Remember the neighbor who taught us how to care for plants? Remember the mother who shared some helpful hints about staying out of the way of our children? Remember that little old lady in our place of worship who quietly seemed to live what we were being taught about spirituality? Remember that book that seemed just to appear when we needed it? There have been voices of wisdom all around us all our lives.”

Wisdom comes from all over. We learn so much from the people and moments that touch our lives, even in seemingly small ways. Every person with whom we come into contact, every experience in which we find ourselves, has a lesson to offer us if only we are open to receiving it. We should be so grateful for this life and its many opportunities to grow and change. We should regularly express appreciation to the universe for the gifts it gives us in the form of the people who enter our lives and the experiences we have. Appreciation is the greatest gift we can give to the people we care about, too. We must express gratitude to those who impact us and impart on us their knowledge and wisdom. Even when someone doesn’t realize it, their behavior has an effect on us. It can change us and make us realize something we never knew before. We have so much to be appreciative of and grateful for if only we stop to look around and realize it.

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