I intend to write this article to shine some light on a long gone habit. The art of appreciation, if thought on properly, probably never even existed. It only showed up when in need of favors. And so to say, it feels good to mention the amount of appreciation each person feels they should receive when they couldn’t do it themselves.
Most things in life are got from reciprocation. The world is, after all, the interdependence of life forms to keep life going. If a slow thought process was put into this matter, no one really needs to spend their time appreciating others. It’s a short life. People want to achieve a lot of fame, money, happiness, and appreciation. Why, when you can’t reciprocate, do you even expect it?
I’ve had this personal experience with the housemaid at a friend’s place. I was served tea and I had to confess to the hands who made it, that it was one of the best teas I’ve ever had. She (my friend) showed me to her maid and I said, “thank you, aunty!! That was a wonderful tea”. She was so contented and a wide smile spread across her face. I felt proud that day. As if I had achieved something no one has done in that house.
Let alone appreciating outsiders, how many of us say thank you to our mothers and fathers for working hard to make our lives relatively easy? If this is of any help, I’ve started to inculcate the habit of thanking, pretty consciously. It does work. I’ve seen improvements in our communications ever since.
We thank artists for their good movies, music, food, design and what not. But you pay them to appreciate them. The art of appreciation comes free. Comes at no cost, but just to spread happiness and that alone. I suggest you give it a try. You’ll never leave empty-handed. Next time you see someone comforting someone else or helping selflessly or indirectly aids you, do not forget to say Thank You!
– Shrey, feeling blessed about this change.
P.S. : This post was inspired by a good friend of mine slash follower 🙂