Lee's Summit JournalMay 7, 2014 

Most of us can recall an instance when we were helped by someone or shown other acts of kindness. These considerations may have occurred in the workplace, at home, school, church or somewhere else.

How did you react to those gestures of thoughtfulness?

Did you send a thank you note, a card or an email?

Perhaps, you recognized that individual or individuals by treating them to lunch, giving them a gift card to their favorite restaurant or spa or nominating them for a special recognition, such as the "Reflections of Character Award" sponsored annually by Lee’s Summit CARES.

If your reaction to the acts of kindness you received was to show gratitude of some type, then you are displaying the positive character trait "appreciation." Throughout the month of May, our community is focusing on this character trait to shine a light on the importance of incorporating this behavior into our life daily and to identify more ways to highlight this positive behavior going forward in our town.

The positive action, appreciation, is defined as recognition of the quality, value and significance of people and things.

Some of us have daily reminders of how others play a valuable role in our accomplishments and successes whether professionally and personally, no matter how minor or major.

Can we say with certainty we take time, every time, to communicate appreciation to others for their contributions to helping us accomplish tasks, reach goals and dreams? If you have not, there is still time to acknowledge the individuals responsible for those acts of kindness.

By doing so, that person or persons on the receiving end of the "thank you" or the "gift of thanks" will feel appreciated and you, in turn, will feel good about yourself because you did something nice for another person.

Whether we demonstrate gratitude to others for what they have done for us immediately, a short time later, or down the road, what’s important to remember is that we show appreciation for the people in our life who have made a difference and mean so much.


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