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Recognition Matters

Feb 02, 2022 10:44PM ● By Joe Dunne

No matter what I’ve heard about what we all want out of life, one thing at the top of the list is that we all want to be recognized for our contributions, our efforts, our caring.  

Certainly, in our work world, we would all like a little applause for our good work. Companies that see the good in people, acknowledge hard work, extra effort and great attitude get more from their employees than those that criticize and blame. Seeing what is good and recognizing that nurtures our souls. Genuine authentic compliments and recognition matters. Always.  

The same holds true in relationships, friendships, parenting and caregiving. We all want to be recognized for what we do. If you are a stay-at-home dad, a full-time mom, it is always great to have someone acknowledge what a great job you have done with your kids. That the values you have instilled in them or the path they are following is also reflected as a credit to you. Sometimes it’s hard to believe because we may be too aware of what we might have done differently. In that case, just take a moment and let the honest recognition bloom into the true feeling of “Yes! Thank you! That makes me feel good to hear it”.  

The complexities of relationships are always better when we feel appreciated and recognized for our contributions. The mundane chores—shopping, cleaning, errands, bill paying—so often get ignored, and yet these small acts often provide the glue that holds daily life together. 

Take time to notice all that those around you contribute. What we do matters, and it feeds our soul when others acknowledge it.

In peace, love and laughter, 

Joe Dunne, Publisher