How to appreciate

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Today is Friday and I am happy. I was also happy on Thursday, Wednesday, Tues, Monday Saturday and Sunday. I try to stay happy. I am not always happy. I was swinging a hammer some time ago and hit my thumb so hard that my thumb nail turned black and fell off. That moment was not one of happiness, but the day wasn’t ruined and I was happy on that day.

Yesterday I was speaking with a co-worker about how much time is spent by the North American worker at work. According to an ABC news report Americans work more than any other industrialized nation. The time varies but the range of time spent at work a week is estimated to be about 50 hours.  There are 168 hours in a 7 day work week.  If we work fifty hours sleep 6 hours a day the week only leaves us with 76 hours of our own.  If you absolutely hate work, you will be spending more than half of your adult life with that hate.

What is one to do? I hate work but I have to pay the bills somehow? At this point in our conversation our boss has over heard and stepped in with some wisdom that proves she should be the boss. “You may not enjoy all of life but you should appreciate it.” See? That’s kind of deep right. Being grateful or appreciative does not mean you absolutely love or enjoy what is going on. Being appreciative or grateful means you recognize the full worth of something or someone and you are grateful for that.


This concept of recognizing and being grateful for situations and people is quite profound! I really think this thinking can change things. Don’t get me wrong it is not good to sell yourself short. If there is a better job or position for you, take it. But almost every resignation letter I have read has some part about being grateful for the opportunity that the person had.

So it is Friday but Monday will be here and when it does and we get to feeling unhappy about it maybe we can acknowledge what it is and not find happiness but be grateful.

Just a thought

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson





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