“Every time you praise something, every time you appreciate something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe, “More of this, please. More of this, please.” You need never again make another verbal statement of this intent, and … all good things would flow to you” Abraham-Hicks
Merriam-Webster tells us that the word appreciate means: 1). to grasp the nature, worth, quality, or significance of; to value or admire highly; to recognize with gratitude 2). to increase the value of.
For 20 + years, I have written that August 25th is National Appreciation Day. My grassroots holiday has yet to become popular or commercially recognized. No designer greeting cards, no time off from work—just you and me, spreading the consciousness and the idea about the power of appreciation.
I chose this day because (other than my birthday) there are no big holidays celebrated during the month of August. It seemed to me that it was an opportunity where we could take some extra time to acknowledge the people, places and things in our lives that could get overlooked or taken for granted. This is a perfect time to share our love in simple and inexpensive ways—especially since there is only four months till Christmas, a time when our desired gift list is often bigger than our budget.
Today, August 25th, I am inviting you to stop and smell the proverbial roses. Whether you acknowledge your postal carrier, your coffee maker, a pencil eraser or even something as seemingly commonplace as gravity, take the time to appreciate each person or thing for the value added to your life.
Be sure to spend some time appreciating qualities or attributes about yourself so that you may flourish even more.
Today and every day, I appreciate all the gifts I am given—all my external and internal senses, that allow me to appreciate my life and to appreciate Spirit.
Rev. Duchess Dale