What’s the Derivation of Appreciation


Are you soaked and wet?  Are you roaming around in the dark?  Is your roof still on? I know this sounds like a question I should be asking you after a rainy Succahs night!  But, I’m asking it to the people who were not in the hurricane zones.


The way life often works is we get use to stuff, and then only when we might lose it, do we wake up and remember to appreciate it!


Is there any way for us to do better?


Can we look up at our roof and shout, “yay it’s on!!” Can we look down at our clothing and say, “oh great, dry and comfy.” Can we look at our light bulbs and cry out, “yippee, they’re working!” It’s certainly worth doing right now, rather than waiting for a storm to make us act this way !!!


Let’s think. Take the word – Appreciate!  We should look at its derivation, at least my version of it!   -A – pre- she – ate!    “She”, whoever she is, gave the grade of “A” to her meal before “she” even “ate” whatever was served her! That is the person who has the right idea. That is why we have enshrined her in a word.


She didn’t wait to see if things were good or bad. She gave an A, pre she ate!  She was positive and thankful even before the experience.


That should be our approach. Look around. Don’t wait to be woken up. Say, “I see- yay!

I hear – so good!  I can inhale- amazing! I have a home to go in to- fantastic!  I have …., I can use…., I can do…!”


I’m not saying we won’t get blasted every once in a while. But our level of positivity when it hits us will be so much higher. And that will help us to weather every storm much better!


So, use your internal generator now. Gear it up. And trust me you’ll need less of its power if the going gets tough. Because, you will be infused with some of its power to ignite even when there is dark.


It’s not simple. But let’s start together. Pick three things –  now think what it would be like not to have them. Now -recognize therefore we are blessed to have them.


See if you can get to the point where you just know you are blessed to have it. Not by taking it away, just by realizing you have it!  And recognize it every day. A- “PRE” -she – ate, it!!!!


And let’s power ourselves up for an empowered, awesome year !


Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or rivki@rosenwalds.com<mailto:rivki@rosenwalds.com

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