Appreciation

Encouragement Today

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Today’s “Encouragement” is based on appreciation and was inspired by the unexpected caring and love my family has shown me the past two days.

What you don’t know is that I have written my last two blog posts in between the massive migraine pain of my own.

My heart aches for all that my sweet daughter endures on a regular basis, but I also have a new appreciation for all the pain she goes through.

I don’t know how she does this multiple times a week for multiple days, weeks and even a couple of times, for a month.

There is just no way I could endure this pain on a regular basis. She takes being a trooper to a whole new level. She is my “Rock Star”.

In my quest to improve my life, I found this quote to be not only profound but inspiring.

“As we develop a greater appreciation and affection for words that heal, bless and cheer, we will develop an even greater disdain for words that damage, disparage and disrupt.” Robert Burton

Have you fallen into a trap where you only see the negativity that lurks in the dark places all around you?

I know for me, it comes easily because nothing in our life comes easily.. I wish I had a dime for every time I have said, “Really, why does everything have to be so hard”. It doesn’t matter how easy or difficult the task, for me, it is “always” hard.

I say “always” in quotations because this is how hard life has become. I have learned to live and see the words that “… damage, disparage, and disrupt.”

I don’t want to continue live like this. I want to relearn and live the powerful meaning of the words that, “…heal, bless, and cheer.”

So in my quest to be observant when these positive words occur, I want to acknowledge the empathy and help my husband and daughter have given me these past two days during this ugly migraine.

I have been their caregiver and helper for so long that I had forgotten what it is like to have someone help me. I will even go so far as to admit I believed the lie I form in my head and heart that they didn’t care about me.

I am pleased to share my appreciation I have for them while they tried to help me through this ugly pain. Their actions of love broke the ice I had formed in my heart that they didn’t care about me any more.

How about you Sweet Friend? If you were to evaluate your own heart, what would you find? Is there ice freezing out some of your emotions? Do you need to relearn what it feels like to appreciate the people who are around you?

Consider this quote again,

“As we develop a greater appreciation and affection for words that heal, bless and cheer, we will develop an even greater disdain for words that damage, disparage and disrupt.” Robert Burton

My challenge today is to be observant and truly spend some time looking for the words and actions of those around you that will, “… heal, bless, and cheer your day”.

Feel free to leave a comment below and share your story of appreciation today so we can share and rejoice with you in your accomplishment.

As you accept this challenge, please know you are not alone in this quest. I am aware first hand at how difficult this can seem. However, when you open your eyes to watch for the opportunities to be appreciative you will experience the joy you once lost in your life again.

You’ve Got This Friend! I know you can do this.

Take the time to watch and listen for opportunities to be appreciative and know the more you do it, the easier it will become.

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