Each day in December, I'm asking a juicy question to help you plan for a healthy, resilient 2014. The questions are in no particular order--just meant to provoke some thinking and get you moving in fresh directions. You can see previous questions here.
Yesterday's question was about withholding forgiveness. Today, we ask about how we may be withholding appreciation.
Many times we are too busy to reach out to people around us to let them know how they enrich our lives. Somehow we end up giving more energy to "problem people" than to those we care about.
We may also think that the people who have a positive impact already know we appreciate them. This may be true, but expressing that appreciation grows your connection and deepens the relationship.
Today's question asks us to consider the ways in which we may be withholding our appreciation of others. The obvious follow-up is to express this gratitude through a conversation or a note.
I've also found that the best way to express appreciation is to do it in the moment, from the heart and very specifically--"Just now, when you did that--it's why I care about you." It never fails to build the connection and create a beautiful moment between us.
Part of a juicy life is letting out the juice. Expressing your appreciation is one of the best ways to do this.
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