We all want to know we make a difference to someone or to many someones. Remember the last time someone appreciated you? and how enlivened you felt? Why wouldn’t you want to make someone else feel that way?
I’m like you. I get busy and don’t take the time to let others know what they mean to me and how they have contributed to my life. I also know what a difference it would make for them to hear it.
Just yesterday my wife invited 10 people over for a belated birthday celebration and after all the food was eaten and gifts opened up, everyone took a turn telling me three things they appreciate about me. It’s always a bit awkward to give and receive appreciation, but it was worth more than all the gifts people brought. To know that I make a difference, even in a small way, stokes the ‘fire in my belly’ to give more.
Join me in taking more time to honestly appreciate those around you.