The number one complaint I hear about people's jobs is the lack of feeling appreciated. It is a complaint that pops up in relationships as well. The need to feel recognized for the things we do well is a big need that can get easily overlooked. But how long does it really take to give a high five, or tell someone "good job"?
Today I challenge each of you to find five people to high five, either physically or verbally. It could be the person who makes your coffee or drives the bus on your commute. It could be co-workers who are working hard or even your boss. Most of us pass by or interact with several dozen people each day, surely we can each find five worth praising.
I'm grateful for high fives. I'm grateful when I receive recognition for a job well done. I'm grateful to give myself praise for the things I accomplish that are important to me. I'm grateful for my daughter's sweet voice ringing out with, "good job1" whether it is directed at me or herself. I'm grateful to know we model our appreciation enough for her to use it too.
I'm grateful for all the people in my week that make life better int heir own way. I'm grateful for the librarian who runs story time. I'm grateful for the amazing swim teachers that work with toddlers. I'm grateful for my husband for the hundreds of ways each week he helps keep our house, family, and schedule running smoothly. I'm grateful for the truck drivers that make my daughter's day or the hot air balloon operators that make my day. I'm grateful for an amazing family that helps me be able to still work part time and I'm so grateful for my daughter who shares her day and wonder with me.
I'm grateful for each of you who read this blog. I'm grateful to those of you who have reached out and told me how it is part of your morning routine or your gratitude practice. I'm grateful for these high fives. I'm grateful for everyone out there who is doing their part to make this world a positive, grateful place.
Who can you high five today? Who is doing a great job? What can you give yourself some recognition for today?
May today remind us we all appreciate being appreciated. May we be generous with compliments and stingy with critiques. Have a beautiful day!