Appreciation takes courage and considerable resolve. When you choose thoughts of valuing and gratitude as your primary way of being, you are saying no to blame, to resentment, to revenge, to violence in any form — from bad-mouthing others, to kicking the dog, to berating a person. You are saying no to victimhood, to martyrdom, to passing the buck, to criticism, and to demeaning yourself or others.
When you choose appreciation, you are saying yes to being your own best friend without becoming narcissistically self-centered, yes to seeing the best in others without being blind to their weaknesses, yes to perceiving the greatest possible good in all situations while being alert to what will and won’t work for you.
You are willing to stand up for yourself. You are willing to recognize and applaud what’s good about yourself, what’s good about others, and what’s good about your life.
Excerpted from the article:
Becoming an Appreciator as a Way of Life
by Noelle C. Nelson and Jeannine Lemare Calaba.
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