I’ve always collected poems, quotes and short stories that inspired me or helped me through something. And, coincidentally, so has my mom – she often passes along little gems to me. This one came from a newsletter in Saskatchewan and the original contribution was attributed to Patricia Katz, a Saskatoon based speaker, writer and artist. www.patkatz.com.
When I bought myself a bunch of flowers, the florist asked if I wanted a gift card to go with them, I declined, saying they were just for me.
“All the more reason to add a card,” she declared. “I always write myself a card when I buy myself flowers.”
When I asked what she wrote, she replied, “Well, it depends on the day. Sometimes it’s ‘thanks for being you.’ Other times it’s ‘Wow! You’r e smart and gorgeous, too!’
We shared a chuckle. I left with the flowers, and a card in hand.
It was a simple reminder of an important lesson. The florist knows how to fill her own wellspring of appreciation. With her own spirits freshly topped up, she’s in a much better position to share her goodwill with others.
Do you take yourself for granted too often? I do. If we don’t show ourselves some positive attention from time to time, who will? Most of us don’t have our loving mothers following us around moment by moment, applauding our courage, cheering our sense of adventure, or delighting in our presence. This is true in our work and personal lives. And, if it’s true for us, it’s true for others as well.
What would life be like if you extended a bit more appreciation in your own direction more often? What would it be like if you encouraged others to do the same?
What would you write on your card today?
– Patricia Katz