Sunday, December 27, 2009

Generosity during the holidays.

I was reminded this past holiday season, a time where we help, give, reciprocate, and appreciate, that people help in ways within their means that they believe will benefit others. Likewise, people reciprocate in the same manner. Unfortunately, some people do not appreciate the help or gifts offered to them. They fail to recognize the intention. Failure to appreciate generosity, even if it doesn’t appear to be of any value or benefit, will degrade relationships. By “doesn’t appear to be of any value or benefit,” I mean that the value or benefit may become apparent later. However, the lack of appreciation may have already damaged the relationship. My advice is to appreciate all generosity. Appreciating someone’s generosity doesn’t mean accepting it, but it positively acknowledges the offer and sustains good relations.