I would like to start off with acknowledging everyone who has taken the time to read this post.
There is a lot of articles out there on the world wide web and you decided to take 10 minutes out of your precious day to read my words about acknowledgement.
You have given me something that you will never be able to take back. No matter what you do, no matter how hard you try.
That is precious.
That, my friend, is a form of acknowledgement.
If you decide to leave a comment, or share this post, this is just another form of acknowledgement.
And my hope, is that you gain something from this article. Something small that you can tuck into your back pocket and pull out when you need it.
Or when you see someone else that needs it, you can pass it along.
Gratitude. The buzz word of the season.
It comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s something so little to give, but yet it can mean the world to others. By giving to others, there comes respect, there comes strength and there ultimately comes Power of Self.
Another thing that cannot be taken away from you.
This is not about being all cheesy and saying Namaste to everyone you meet.
And please don’t mind the yoga mat strapped to my back, it’s just my way of acknowledging Me Time.
What this is about, is being aware of what is happening around you, and who is around you.
The small things and the big things that surround you in your everyday life.
How your actions can impact others and how your non-actions also impact others.
Words can tell people a lot, however, your silence can convey just as much, if not more.
Different situations can call for different types of acknowledgement.
For example, here in Vancouver there are not so many brown or black people. Because of this reason, I always make a point of making eye contact and either nodding, smiling or saying hello. It is recognition.
At work, we are rewarded for our effort and diligence, (over time) with a promotion or a pay rise. Your work, what you bring to the work place has value.
When we don’t have that validation, recognition or justification, we feel unworthy, ripped-off or invisible.
Try it out. See what happens to you and your mood when you are not acknowledged.
It’s not a good feeling. It’s quite depressing and ugly.
As you go about your day to day activities, and not just around the Holiday Season, but everyday, remember to look up and into the faces of the people you interact with. A smile, a nod, or a hello can make the world of difference to that person.
It could even make a world of difference to you.