“I appreciate you.”
Three words. Three impactful words. We need to use them more.
And mean them when we do.
As we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving that was shared by Plymouth colonists and Native Americans this month, why not verbally honor the people around us who may not realize they’re making an impact?
They could be co-workers who make your life easier by sharing the workload.
They could be health care workers who comfort you when you’re frightened and feeling your worst.
They could be young children who’ve created drawings just for you just because.
They could be strangers who are kind to you when you’ve had a stressful day. Or, they could be strangers who you’re kind to when you sense they need a boost.
Though “thank you” is a perfectly acceptable phrase to show appreciation, I think “I appreciate you” means so much more.
I know when I receive the sentiment, I’m affected to the core. I feel recognized, valued, humbled. It’s like I’ve earned a gold star that I didn’t even realize I wanted. And when I say those words, I can see their impact on others’ faces. Appreciation is powerful.
During this season when we reflect on our blessings and our gratitude, think about who you’re thankful for. Tell them how you feel. It just takes three words.