“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~ Voltaire
I am an introvert. I grew up shy and spent most of my life keeping things to myself, my opinions, my frustrations, and my appreciation. A few years ago, I purchased a dress for the first time in over a decade. The first time I wore that dress in public I received three compliments from strangers. It stuck with me the whole day. The feeling of being seen and appreciated made the whole day better. It also made me bolder, I started telling complete strangers when I liked their hair, hat, passion, effort. I got a lift every time I spread appreciation around because I could see on the faces of these strangers the very same glow I remember feeling. It is addictive. I get just as big a charge out of expressing my admiration and appreciation to people as they do receiving it.
I am glad I got over this particular thread of introversion. It is good for me and good for our world. Mindful appreciation changes the giver and the receiver. The more I seek out opportunities to appreciate, the better I feel about my life and the world in general. Appreciation is definitely a butterfly effect, it is hard to track how far and how wide a simple act of appreciation can spread. I appreciate each and every one of you who have taken the time out of your busy day to read my ponderings. My sincerest thanks.
“I aspire to be a giver – a giver of love, a giver of encouragement, a giver of appreciation.” ~ Unknown
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Laura Rowe is an intuitive energy healer. Living in Portland, Oregon, Laura founded The Vital Spirit, an entity that seeks to be an instrument in the ongoing shift in human consciousness. Laura works with adults who identify as highly sensitive persons or empaths and are committed to learning about who they are and how they want to express themselves in this world. She helps these individuals clear energetic blocks, release limiting beliefs, thrive in their business/careers and navigate interpersonal relationships so they can live life to the fullest.