Are You Spreading Appreciation and Gratitude to Otherss During This Crisis
Summary: Let’s not take things for granted! Now is the time to realize that we don’t live in a bubble and that others are sacrificing their health and themselves for our health. We are part of the whole, and we all have to do our part.
Post a picture of someone you know who is working to provide us with an essential service and thank them.
Whole Foods Story
Just the other day, we were in Whole Foods and bought a ton of stuff, and things were running super low. We’re getting our bags packed up, and there’s two guys helping us, but we can’t see their faces fully because of masks, and I asked, “Hey, how are you guys doing?”
And they said, “Pretty good.”
I could just tell their voices had a familiar ring, kind of soft and inviting. So I said, “How is it going in the store?”
And they said, “You know, people are crazy. Yeah, man, people are pretty crazy.”
And the next thing I knew, one of them was telling me about this really bad experience they both had with a couple of customers.
And so I realized that part of helping them feel good and thanking them was listening. They needed someone to talk to. So just after they bagged my groceries, they are still venting about some of their challenges. And I listened. And then I thanked them for sharing.
And they responded, “Oh, my God, man! We can’t believe we just dumped all that on you! We’re so sorry! We’re so sorry!” My wife and I said, “No, that was beautiful. We’re here to listen. We’re here.” I told them we were so glad that they vented about it rather than suppressing it, keeping it in, and maybe taking it home and taking it out on people. We thanked them for sharing, for inviting us into their lives. And we learned all kinds of things that were silver linings for them. So it was really beautiful.
What is the Impact of Showing Gratitude During a Crisis
The truth is that being aware of what people are doing for us, directly and indirectly, keeps us humble, and this can have a positive domino effect that serves us and our communities.
When people are going out of their way for you, NOT to acknowledge that will eventually leave you with a feeling of restlessness and unease, or even depression because you’re not acknowledging reality and your indebtedness to such people.
So it’s time to say THANK YOU and be grateful!
When someone has served you, acknowledgement, an expression of appreciation, goes a long way, not only to help you by expressing positive emotions, but in feeding those people who served you. What they need most is encouragement. Your role is to encourage and to cheer on and to say Thank You.
The benefits are that people feel better, and they are more positive. They’re more cheerful, they’re more receptive. They’re more open, and they’re more communicative. They are more accessible. So when you have all these experiences, you start to let more walls go down. It inspires people to do even more than just their job. They go beyond the call of duty.
Where and when should we do it? The “when” is almost always. In those places where there are opportunities. So the “where” is wherever you are, and how to do it is by simply giving eye contact and opening your mouth to say something that’s kind, thoughtful, and encouraging. Make sure that you’re heard. Make sure that someone can hear what you’re saying, especially if we have a mask on your face. It’s important to be heard.
What are different ways to show your appreciation?
- Verbally, when a delivery person drops off your food or your packages.
- Or write a letter.
- If you’re driving by a place that needs recognition, honk; always bring a sign saying, Thank You.
- With that sign in hand, drive by a hospital for the people who are sacrificing their health for us.
- You can follow the rules, by not going out of the house to take good care of yourself.
- You can sing.
- You can hang a banner up at the first stop sign you have in your neighborhood saying, “Thank you everybody for following the rules, and thank you for keeping us all safe.”
- You can post stuff up on your front door.
- If you have a fence or a tree, you can wrap a banner around that.
There are so many things you could do. And the point is, have fun with all of this stuff. And that’s a wonderful thing.
The hope is you can have a positive impact on your community by simply being thankful and showing it to those who are sacrificing for us.
We’ve learned the value of sharing our gratitude, and of seeing how we are all parts of a whole, which ultimately can shape our world for the better. We’ve got this!
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