Having an attitude of gratitude for everything we have in our lives is very rewarding because when we are in a state of gratefulness, the better our outlook on life and we tend to have a more optimist attitude not only for ourselves, but for the world around us. When you look for the good, the more good you will find.
We know how important this is when finding things to appreciate that matter to our own everyday lives, but what about the appreciation we show for others? When was the last time you let someone know how much you appreciate them or said thank you for all they do? When was the last time you even said the words ‘thank you?’
There are so many people who show up in our lives, who have done a service or a kind deed, and we need to show our appreciation, not just towards those individuals, but towards groups of people. There are a couple of groups, out of many, whom I would like to show my appreciation in this article. One is towards first responders. This can include law enforcement, EMT’s, firefighters, our military, and anyone else who puts their lives on the line to be of service to humanity.
Currently, all law enforcement is taking a hard hit because of the harm a few officers have done to others. Of course, when anyone harms anyone, they do need to be held accountable. But there are many, many more who do so much good in the world and who help so many people. These are human beings who care and just want to be of service. They never know when that one day will be that don’t make it home to their families. They’re constantly on guard and have to make split second decisions to decide if someone has a gun and/or is going to cause harm. So, to all law enforcement….I thank you!
Firefighters are another group that are under-appreciated. Some get paid and others serve on a volunteer basis. Again, they never know when they might get caught in a fire, be burned, or not make it home to their families. They risk their lives to save others, including our beloved pets, and our belonging. To all firefighters…I thank you!
EMT’s and other emergency personal also risk their lives to help people. They save lives through medical procedures until they can get the victims to the hospital. Many citizens belong to groups that respond to emergency events by volunteering their time. To all emergency responders…I thank you!
Our military personnel are also doing a service to our country for little pay, and risking their lives to help keep America safe. To all our military personnel…I thank you!
All the above groups see things and deal with things no one should ever have to see or deal with. After seeing horrific events, they then try to be with their families and go about their day. It’s tough on all of them.
Another group that needs our appreciation is our teachers. Until I started subbing in the schools, I didn’t have a clue what teachers were dealing with. It’s not like it was even a generation ago. I gained a whole new appreciation for what they deal with on a day-to-day basis. They don’t just work 8:00 to 3:00 as most people think. They work evenings, weekends, on their vacations, and many will spend their own money for their students. So, to all teachers….I thank you.
There are many other groups that need our appreciation as well and you can add your own. Of course, there are many in any profession who need to be weeded out because they’re not doing a good job or they may be causing harm to others. But let’s not hold what those do against the whole.
How can we show our appreciation? Saying thank you, sending a card, and giving flowers or gifts are a just few of many ways. When you give the gift of appreciation, you not only make the other person feel good, it also makes you feel good, too.
Voltaire said “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” Randy Pausch stated “Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.”
And to all my readers, I’d like to say thank you for your love, support, and encouragement, and I appreciate you!
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen newspaper December 19, 2014.