How does it feel when someone shows appreciation and gratitude towards you? It feels amazing. So why do so few people do it? People are masters at finding fault in others. Edification and honoring others is so rare these days, that people are suspicious of anyone that compliments them. After all, if you compliment me, there’s got to be a catch. Who looks for the good in people anymore? Unless of course, you’re trying to sell something. A compliment? How much is that going to cost me?
So how did we get to this point? We forgot that charity begins at home. We don’t honor our families, so strangers? Forget about it. Honor the verb means: regard with great respect. And honor should be used in it’s verbal form. It’s active, not passive. But, you have to respect those that you honor. Respect in the verb form means: admire (someone or something) deeply, as a result of their abilities, qualities, or achievements. Without respect, there is no honor. So therefore, gratitude and appreciation are no where to be found.
How do you know a grateful person that will honor you when you meet one? Simple: they bring out the best in you. In other words, they’re positive. They have a way of making you feel special, like you matter. Letting you know that you’re important. Wanting to get to know you, and ask questions. They don’t do all the talking, and want to get to know the real you. It’s connection on a deeper level. It’s not all about them. That’s why it’s so difficult to connect with people these days: it’s all about them.
Is it all about you when you meet people? If it is, then reread the definitions above. When you honor people, you honor yourself. Respect is something that everyone wants. It shows people that you value their worth. Everyone wants to be validated. So, validate them. It helps create peace and good will. We could use a little more of those these days.
So what’s stopping you from honoring someone today? Give them a sincere compliment. Tell them the things you like about them. Really. This will go a long way in helping you to feel confident as well. What you think about grows. So, why not grow honor, gratitude, appreciation and good will. This will help you with all of your relationships. No matter who you come into contact with. It’s all about connection. Grateful people want to connect, and they’re masters at it.