“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy
Last week in the US we recognized and remembered the man who was Kennedy, struck down before his time. His words spoken many years ago still ring true for us alive today. As we gather around tables with family and friends and considering the bounty of blessings before us, it’s a chance for us to express our thanks; something we don’t always take the time to do. Lately I’ve been reading about good ways to show gratitude and recognition to employees, and one of the most obvious and simplest things that can be done is to just say “thank you” and let them know their dedication and hard work has been seen and appreciated.
The thing about gratitude, as well as other areas of our lives, is that there are two important parts: the verbal and the physical. If you think about a marriage ceremony, there’s the physical sharing of rings and the exchange of words. If you think about a business arrangement, there’s verbal discussion and agreement, and a written contract. Words reinforce your actions and actions reinforce your words, and when they don’t match up people lose trust. Just like if you tell your partner or a family member that you’ll do something and don’t.
While we are talking about giving thanks today, the same is true for other areas of our lives. We can dream and share about our dreams and goals all we want, but unless we actually get up and take action, even little ones, towards the accomplishment of that goal or dream, there’s no way it can come to pass.
This Thanksgiving, take time to appreciate people with both your words and your actions. Who do you appreciate?