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Thursday, January 9, 2014

AYD - Jan 9, 2014 - The Thankful Get Richer

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
- Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire, 1694-1778, Writer and Philosopher

Around me in a day, I am fortunate to have good people I work with.  They have different skills and attributes.  Different strengths or contributions.  And I find myself commenting in other circles about each of them often.

I see great things in my loved ones, and I enjoy telling the tales of their successes, their strengths, and most of all their wonderful impact and influence on me.  Yes, I am my wife and son's biggest fan.

I look back on loved ones lost, or old friends and assorted relationships now gone for a variety of reasons - not all good - and in the distance of emotion and time thinking back to then, I find I am more focussed on the goodness that once was, and these offer me a smile rekindled a little like embers in a fire we let burn down.  There were some good times.

I think of people, and the goodness they represent, past and present, and I feel like I have been enhanced with some of their goodness now hand in hand with mine.  I think of good qualities among those whom have mentored me, befriended me and worked with me along the way .... and I am made better by all the teachings.  I think of examples of expressions of the heart, and I am made more strong in my faiths about love as they confirm for me that I have been right - love is a wonderful thing.

And I owe all of these "acquisitions" - to the greatness that is there - silently being offered for the very reasonable price of just appreciating the excellence in others.

It is a good morning, and this opens the door to a greater day.
Greater you, is a greater opportunity for others to adopt appreciation.

Pierre Couturier
Husband, Daddy, and Author to my Day.

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