Don’t be an un­der-ap­pre­ci­a­tor

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - by Jen­nifer Young

WAp­pre­ci­a­tion is a won­der­ful thing: It makes what is ex­cel­lent in oth­ers be­long to us as well - Voltaire

ith a nose so stuffy that I can’t taste my sup­per, a head so pounding that the tele­vi­sion sounds like whis­pers and a chest so heavy that my con­gested head feels light, I am ex­tremely ap­pre­cia­tive. As the com­mem­o­ra­tion of Teacher Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Week (Fe­bru­ary 7th) fast ap­proaches and the boys dis­cuss their cho­sen words for the in­di­vid­u­als that give them lead­er­ship, knowl­edge and re­spect, I sit here with Kleenex in hand giv­ing them ex­am­ples of why and how im­por­tant show­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion is. Why? “Be­cause if you don’t show how grate­ful you are, that per­son will never know how much it means to you and may never do it again.” And, “When you take the time to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion you are re­cip­ro­cat­ing the good will shown to you.” Pay it for­ward I al­ways say. I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that my boyfriend brought me my Tylenol and orange juice, I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate that my son drove me to pick some­thing up in town and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that my boss told me to go home and rest. I didn’t, but I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the of­fer. These are all ex­am­ples of ges­tures that af­fected me to­day, in my present sit­u­a­tion, but there are other ges­tures that aren’t af­fect­ing me at the moment that I equally ap­pre­ci­ate. -I ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts that Steve and Francine Lil­ford, who moved from Sherbrooke to Zim­babwe, Africa last year, are mak­ing ev­ery day. Steve, an ETSB bus driver and his wife, moved to Africa on a mis­sion of peace and sup­port. They came to see me in De­cem­ber while they were home for a visit and in­formed me that they would be re­turn­ing to help Zim­babwe na­tives grow crops and en­cour­age farm­ing. Steve told me, “We can’t tell you what it means to us to have sup­port from home.” They have it. I can’t say that I would be able to leave my home and all the com­forts that come with to live in a hut where the biggest lux­ury is soft toi­let paper, but I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate that this cou­ple has done just that for the bet­ter­ment of oth­ers. (see pic­ture p. 9) -I ap­pre­ci­ate all of the sup­port and good will that has been shown to the Catch­paw-Cloutier fam­ily af­ter the death of young Matthew Cloutier last Wed­nes­day in a car ac­ci­dent. While my thoughts and prayers are with the fam­ily, the tragedy forces me to ap­pre­ci­ate good health in my own chil­dren. I ap­pre­ci­ate the friendly and smil­ing ser­vice I get ev­ery time I walk in to do my bank­ing at the CIBC in Len­noxville, the cof­fee Cor­rinna brought me at work, my mom for giv­ing my son some ex­tra one-on-one home­work time and that woman for hold­ing up traf­fic to let me cut in mak­ing me not late for work. Mostly, I ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that I have friends and fam­ily who al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate my ges­tures. I guess there’s such a thing as be­ing an over-ap­pre­ci­a­tor, but if that’s true, I’d rather be an over ap­pre­ci­a­tor than an un­der­ap­pre­ci­a­tor any day. Go on out and over-ap­pre­ci­ate to­day. Jen’s Len is pub­lished by the Stanstead Jour­nal and edited by Jen­nifer Young. Email Jen at jen@stanstead-jour­nal.com or call the Stanstead Jour­nal at 819.876.7514

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