Appreciation is the expression of gratitude, particularly towards another person. Oftentimes this expression of gratitude is shared with others when someone spends time serving another.
We often find it simpler in life to express our appreciation for others who are not close to us, while refraining to share that same appreciation for those in our own families whom we have grown accustomed to taking for granted. It has been said that familiarity breeds contempt, I believe it brings with it an unspoken expectation and lack of appreciation for others.
We neglect the phone calls, fail to return messages, fail to acknowledge and fall short of expressing appreciation for those we are most familiar. Our expectations and frustrations are the highest with those we share a close familiarity to. The ones always there are the ones least likely to be appreciated. This taking for granted of others and failure to express appreciation to those whom we are most familiar oftentimes is the catalyst for rifts and dissensions within families.
The sudden realization of ones failure to express their appreciation floods with emotions over those whom are faced with a sudden loss of a loved one. In these moments of grief and sorrow, the sad realization of ones neglect, the many missed phone calls, the many cold shoulders, the unspoken words, all driven from ones failure to appreciate and show the gratitude towards others with whom they share that familiarity. The ones whom allow the familiarity to breed the contempt, the ones too caught up in their own world to share, the ones with high expectations of others and none for themselves all will one day face the sadness, sorrows and regrets that surely come when it’s at last too late.
Imagine if we were to show our appreciation and gratitude equal to the familiarity we share with others, how many families, how many friendships would thrive?