Appreciation is typically craved by most humans. We all want others to appreciate what we do and how we contribute. When appreciation is given for the right reasons the effect can start a dramatic change for good, but when someone is appreciated for the wrong things this will reinforce negative behaviors instead. Showing appreciation can be just as rewarding as receiving it, and this can start a productive cycle that makes people better and that helps everyone involved. True appreciation is never given by someone who expects something in return and is never used in exchange for leverage of any type. If you expect something then you are not actually showing your appreciation for the individual but are actually taking advantage of them instead.
Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.
It doesn't matter where you come from, which family you were born from, who are the people that are surrounding you, where do you live, what is your financial situation, you can be in the desert, by yourself completely with little water and little sun, and still you can bloom like a nice beautiful flower. In other words what matters is you. Your beliefs, your dreams, your goals, you as a person, that's what really matters for God. You are going to ask me, "its's not enough me, who am I to be successful like the ones that I look up to. I can never be like that singer, or that inspirational coach, or like that real estate guru." And I will tell you:" you can be whoever you want to be. You are in a form of a seed, and the ones that inspires you and are successful are already in a form of a flower. They were looking like you, like a simple small seed easy to crash and easy to loose, but they did the actions, and they believed in their dreams, and if you look where they come from...a lot of them were from the bottom..just like you. You can choose to do the work and follow the steps they did to become a beautiful flower, and be successful or you can choose to not do anything and not believe in your dreams and be that seed that will never grow; stay in the dirt and maybe lost forever. It's your life, you have to own it, you have to look into your heart see what is it longing for, listen to that inside voice that is telling you what are the next steps to achieve your small and big goals. And feed it, feed that seed of your dreams, give it the water and the sun it needs. If you are lucky you will have friends and family to support you, but if you are in the desert and you don't feel anyone will understand your dreams then information is out there now to grab what you need and self-learn, you can go to seminars, take classes, make connections..there are so many open doors you just got to make the decision to enter in them. Also, change your beliefs, make them positive, hopeful and strong, have faith that God is standing next to you when no one else is, and have faith that He will pour the water and give you what you need if he sees your doing the work. Whatever excuses you are giving yourself not to follow your dreams, is just a wall that you put around yourself and this attitude will never set you free. Break free, work on yourself, follow the ones that inspires you, do what they did, a lot of times you don't need to reinvent the wheel, you only need to start; making the decisions that one day you will become a flower and that you will start today doing the first step toward it.
When we look at a tree, we overlook how long it took to grow, to become strong, to have leafs, and to be fruitful. Why are we expecting when we start working toward our goals for us to grow fast magically and produce fruits that people would want to eat from. It takes time, it takes a lot of digging first, a lot of dirt work, to plant the seed and than it takes a lot of water, a lot of good food, a lot of nutrition and a lot of sun. If one of those ingredients are missing the tree will not grow strong and standing tall and mighty. So how do you measure if you are growing in a good rhythm not too slow and not too fast. By how you feel. If you feel happy everyday and feel right about what you do toward your goals than you are already successful and you are growing strong. Also, if you see the growth within; meaning you feel each day you have learned something new, or you have become aware of something you were not aware of before..when you see spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual growth each day in your life, than keep doing what you are doing, you are in the right path and you only need now to be patient. But if you do actions and it doesn't feel right, you feel you are not learning anything knew anymore, you feel like you are stuck in a dead-end, you don't feel happy in the morning, you don't feel any growth, than you need to change your goals, or the direction that you are taking; the steps and actions that you are taking. Always reevaluate what you are doing everyday and see if it's leading you to a growth or to stagnation. May God give you wisdom and lead you to the right path for your happiness, strength and success.
It's easy to complain about our life, about how everything is chaotic around us, about the rise of crimes, homeless and poverty. If each one of us starts looking at the people that are trying to make a difference then we will start seeing good instead of only seeing the bad in this world. The more we see good around us, and we pay attention to someone who is doing a kind gesture, the more we become positive and hopeful about the present and the future. For example, someone opening the door to a mom who is pushing a stroller, or see that driver in front of you giving to a homeless, or reading about a story of a CEO of a company that sold everything to go and help African kids, or a guy buying flowers for his lady. All those small or big actions makes a difference in people's lives. The more our eyes are open, the more we will become inspired, energized and start doing the same.
We all have wings to fly. Whether you are using them or not that's up to you. You may ask me "How do I know if I'm using my wings" And I will ask you; Are you achieving your goals that you have set, that you have written down, that you are focused on? Goals not only that relates to your personal needs and wants, but goals that is directly related to your neighbor. to a stranger, to future friends and family. When you start reaching your goals and dreams, you start feeling that you are flying and that you can no longer slither like a serpent, or crawl like a snail. And when you do start flying, you can fly in the sky or above the sky. God wants us to fly above, to fly in Space, to fly with others, and to fly to reach Him. Because we are created not like birds that we see on earth, but Spiritual Beings that can fly wherever God wants us to go and to whoever God wants us to help. The more you are helping others freely, with your heart and with God's strength and blessings, the more you will fly above the sky. And you may ask me what is the feeling that I will get when I start flying above the sky, and I will tell you it has no words that can describe it, because it is not from earth, but from the kingdom of God. God has amazing feelings that He will share with you when you start helping others and God has an amazing way to thank you for feeding and giving a hand to the ones that are in need. Once you experience those feelings with God there is no turning back, you can no longer fly in the sky, you just want to fly with God.