Ahh. Another cup.
Guessed it. The cup arrived in campus mail with a note attached. “In grateful appreciation . . .”
Say. Thank You. And. Let. It. Go
Why didn’t it feel like “appreciation”?
Recognition alone is a great beginning.
Recognition alone does NOT always feel like appreciation.
What was missing?
- The Enjoyment
- The Valuing
- The Respect
- The Cherishing
- The Treasuring
- The Good Qualities
- The Full Understanding
Recognition, even public naming, may fall flat if it feels perfunctory. Forced. Incomplete. A Checkmark of Completion. Forgotten until that one week rolls around next year.
Perhaps a feeling of Non-Appreciation the remaining 51 weeks of the year.
The personalized notes. The post its. The hand-written, unsolicited treasures from students, families, and peers. Treasures to receive. Treasures to revisit. Treasured messages that convey appreciation.
What if the “Appreciation” included a personalized reason, example, or some specific piece of evidence?
What if the ‘Appreciation” was simply words from the heart – whether spoken or written?
What if the “Appreciation” was personalized?
When does appreciation convey true meaning?
When does appreciation miss the mark?
(So many questions . . .)
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This post was would have been more positive and upbeat if I had not read tis first. Aye, yi yi!