Don’t be an under-appreciator
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 email@example.com or call the Stanstead Journal at 819.876.7514
-UPLANDS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: AGAINST THE GRAIN
Between February 6 and March 13, Uplands Cultural and Heritage Center will feature a photography exhibit by photographer René Bolduc entitled Against the Grain. The public is invited to meet the artist at a vernissage on Sunday, February 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The vernissage will take place at Uplands, 9 Speid Street, in the borough of Lennoxville (Sherbrooke).
- SHARE YOUR ST-PATRICK’S DAY STORIES AND MEMORIES WITH TOWNSHIPPERS
In addition to having pages dedicated to school perseverance, the March 2011 edition of a Townshippers’ publication will have an Irish theme! Help them celebrate St-Patrick’s Day this year by sending your favourite poems, stories, memories, drawings or photographs. Submissions must be sent to ta@townshippers. qc.ca before 5 p.m. on Monday, February 14, 2011 in order to be considered. Need more information? Give Michelle a call at 819 566-5717.