Appreciation

Our Virtue of the month for August is Appreciation

Here are some questions to think about:
—   how is appreciation expressed?
—   what are some attributes of appreciation?
—   what is special about appreciation?
—   how can I be & express appreciation?

Appreciation is recognizing the goodness of someone, something,
or an action.

You recognize beauty, excellence, and value.

You see the goodness of what is given in life or in what you experience.

You appreciate the beauty in nature.

You express appreciation with gratitude.

One thought on “Appreciation

  1. Matt says:

    Appreciation is a perception and a recognition of value.

    Appreciation is perceiving the positive value of someone,
    of who they are, or of what they are doing or giving.

    Appreciation is seeing the beauty, the lovingness, the intelligence, the excellence, or the goodness of another, and realizing the value of such good qualities.

    Appreciation leads to gratefulness and enjoyment.

    Appreciation is giving recognition and gratitude for beauty, excellence, and/or goodness.

    An appreciation attitude is being open to appreciation of people or things around, and also actively looking for appreciative qualities in people or in life.

    Practice appreciation by —
    perceiving the good, loving, or excellent qualities in others
    being positive about life, and seeing the good rather than the bad
    being open to appreciating people, things or qualities

    Appreciate the good in a person – their creative qualities, virtues, and abilities.

    Give them recognition and appreciation for one of these qualities;
    for this will nurture the positive and the good in their soul.

    Appreciation is the ability to perceive the good and the best in someone or in circumstances. We can appreciate in others their loving and caring qualities, their intelligence and inquisitive qualities, their creative and artistic qualities, or their willful and persevering qualities.

    The opposite of appreciation is criticism – that someone is either morally wrong, being stupid, or just making mistakes. Now of course, this could in fact be true. People make mistakes, make dumb decisions, or behave badly without consideration. No one is perfect. So our goal is not to pretend or falsely believe that all is perfect, nor should we to simply ignore the faults and mistakes of others or in the world. We need to maintain our perception of fact and truth, which includes recognizing mistakes and imperfections, including what is false or without good purpose. We need to maintain our discernment of Values – of right vs wrong, better or worse. Spiritual perception or realization is not just a simple attitude that everything is always cool or right just how it is. Somethings are not really cool or right, so it is illusionary to make-belief that they are. Therefore, critical discernment has to be part of the spiritual path; however, a habit of fault-finding criticism is not really helpful and it can even be harmful to the process of positive change.

    So we could avoid, or strive to eliminate, an attitude of criticism. An habitual attitude or pattern of criticism is when our days tend to be filled with various forms of criticism, either in our words or thoughts; such as talking about or thinking about the mistakes, weaknesses, faults, the stupidities and what is wrong about others, or a larger group, or the world in general. Criticism can also lead to irritation, anger, and even hatred.

    The positive method for change is non-criticism and an attitude of perceiving and appreciating the positive, whereby we recognize is good, special, creative, intelligent, loving or beautiful in the other. You see and focus on the good, rather than the negative. You see and focus on what’s right, rather than what’s wrong. You nurture what you see as good and right. And you look positively for the solution to any problems, rather than dwell on what’s wrong. You nurture the good and the positive with Recognition, Appreciation and positive Encouragement.

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