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A - Appreciate


Sunday, June 16, 2013

S - Support and be Supported
P - Patience and Preparation
A - Appreciate and
R - Ready or not....
K - Keep Sparking

I wanted to wax poetic about about my Sparky acrostic and so far have only managed to get to "S-Support and be Supported" and "P - Preparation and Patience."

So I'm left with the ARK from spARK.

mmm....let me think....

ARK - noun - a place offering shelter or protection

spARK - noun - a place offering shelter or protection from the slings and arrows of an unhealthy and stressful world



In my Sparky ARK-crostic, the A stands for Appreciation.

I feel this this emotion is grossly under-appreciated.

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Everyone talks about "gratitude" - being grateful for what you have: for your health, for what you've accomplished, for all the blessings in your life.

People keep gratitude journals.



I don't think I've ever heard of anyone keeping an Appreciation Journal.

I can be grateful for my DH (Dear Husband for those of you unfamiliar with this short hand) and that gratitude implies that I'm thankful for him as a partner, as a friend and as a Father (since it is Father's Day after all!)

But when I stop to Appreciate him, the feeling goes much deeper. To me, it is even more warm and fuzzy than "gratitude" or even "love"

Appreciation is the acknowledgment and recognition of individual features of his personality and the actual characteristics that make me grateful. The act of appreciating is much more multi-faceted than mere gratitude. When I appreciate him, it invokes an awareness in me, a sort of meditation on his intelligence and wit, his kindness and constancy over nearly 25 years.



When I appreciate my DH, it is a verb.

You remember verbs from school, right? They are the "doing words" or "action words" in our language.

Gratitude is a noun. Grateful is an adjective.

Neither word really draws you in; neither requires you to THINK about why you are thankful, or to really "do" anything.



So I challenge you stop and Appreciate some of the things and people and circumstances in your life today. Be sure to make some of these meditations about yourself. What do appreciate about yourself? Your body? The way you look? The way you feel?

Come on, you may not love your legs, but I bet you can Appreciate them! You may have not reached all your goals, or even ANY of them, but I bet you can Appreciate the progress you have made in getting there.



Keep spArking! Only 5 days until summer!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DAYSPRING-STAR 6/19/2013 2:22PM

    Never thought about the difference between gratitude and appreciation. Now you've got me thinking, and oh boy, that is a good thing. I've always thought gratitude comes from a more self less place than appreciation. I suppose I appreciate what I get out of something, someone, etc. In gratitude, I likely haven't and don't expect to get anything. And appreciation, I think, also encompasses a level of respect. A lover of words like you, I'll have to look into the derivation of the two words. Your point is well taken as I'm at a loss to come up with the verb form of gratitude. Perhaps later today, I will delve further into this. Meanwhile as I go about the rest of the day, I'll be pondering how I'm going to communicate my appreciation of my DH. I think it's a message that I should be giving him on a daily basis. Great blog! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 6/17/2013 10:32PM

    I truly and actively appreciate this blog!

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TAYGRL 6/17/2013 2:00PM

    WELL SAID!

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ALICIALYNNE 6/17/2013 12:52PM

    Great blog!

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JOHNTJ1 6/17/2013 9:15AM

    Once again you hit the nail right on the head. Love your use of graphics and your phraseology

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MSEMBERSTORM 6/16/2013 11:24PM

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SWEETNEEY 6/16/2013 10:00PM

    Deep thoughts - the english language is full of subtle differences.

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TATTER3 6/16/2013 9:15PM

    My honey never goes through a day without telling me that he loves me and appreciates me. Nice! Keep Sparkin'!!

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68ANNE 6/16/2013 8:38PM

    I am stopping and thinking about it and sent two texts to people letting them know how much I appreciate some things.

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DOVESEYES 6/16/2013 8:23PM

    Wonderful blgo I 'appreciate' where you are coming from and it is deeply felt. emoticon

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NEEDBU66 6/16/2013 7:38PM

    To realize each breath and beating of my heart is a gift. That I slept in a bed with clean sheets, ate three meals and a snack, and was able to voice my opinion without any fear. That I have a wonderful Dear Husband, two beautiful daughters and a granddaughter whom I get to see three /four times a week...truly getting to know her.

My soul is saved, I have a friend in Jesus, I am the sheep that does not want.

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MANDELOVICH 6/16/2013 3:40PM

    Beautiful blog and such an important distinction. I appreciate a great many people, including you!! Thanks Michelle!

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/16/2013 12:34PM

    Thank you for the food for thought!

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BLUEROSE73 6/16/2013 11:56AM

    Love the blog Thanks for sharing. Have a great day

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BIGPAWSUP 6/16/2013 11:28AM

    Awesome!

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OKBACK2ME 6/16/2013 10:48AM

    Love the blog and the message! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 6/16/2013 10:47AM

    Thank you! I love words and taking the time to look at them in different ways. I do need to Appreciate what I have in my life.

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