July 1, 2006

It's good to feel appreciated...

I've been meaning to blog this for a while, but just haven't made the time. I started a new job about two weeks ago, and realized again that it feels go to be appreciated. As I was transitioning out of my old job and feeling a little bit like I had not fully suceeded in that role, I found at many ends people telling me how much they appreciated the work I had done.

About a three weeks ago a few of my former employees surprised me by taking me, Chrystal, and Brody out to dinner at Stella Mare's restaurant in SB. After dinner, each of them took time to express how I had helped them in their job, and had been a mentor to them. I was so surprised and it really made me feel better about what I had accomplished over the past 4 years. They also gave me some great gifts.

The following weekend was Father's Day, and that is a great day to feel appreciated when you're a dad. Chrystal planned a few special events for me, and that was a great as well.

As I started my new job two weeks ago, I also felt appreciated with so many co-workers expressing how great it was that I was working with them and bringing my expertise in hospitality technology to the Product Management group.

So, when you appreciate something someone does...tell them. You may just make their day.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

regarding your post, it sparked a thought in me. I reckon that one of the main reasons we hit "dead ends" or "ruts" or what trendy 'original' society wants to call "burn out" is because of lack of appreciation or acknowledgement...

I dont know where I am going now with this springboard, but perhaps if there was a way to have "true" acknowledgement/appreciation (like your experience) and not a "fake" version, it could really cultivate better lives, better friendships and a better witness.

fun@life said...

I totally agree! I know that I don't do enough of this for people around me that I appreciate, and I need to do it more as well. When you are back at work (or just with a friends) tell someone what they did that you appreciate. It will come back to you.

andy said...

have you done this at all since you posted this?

fun@life said...

Andy - I have...but I don't think enough. Thanks for keeping me accountable.