Have You Appreciated Someone Today?

Written by Ed Sykes

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Well, you should have seenrepparttar looks onrepparttar 135444 nurses’ faces. First, they had a look of surprise. Then they were all smiling from ear to ear. Several faces turned red. But all of them had a look of appreciation as they said, “Thank you.”

Why did they have a surprised look on their faces? Was thisrepparttar 135445 first time someone other than another nurse had acknowledged them? When wasrepparttar 135446 last time someone showed appreciation to them?

It only took fifteen seconds to put a smile on their faces and have them feel good about themselves. Takerepparttar 135447 time every day to appreciate your employees, your family, and other people that are doing a good job. It might berepparttar 135448 only appreciation they receive and will make a difference in their day.

Read my article, Appreciate to Motivate, to find out how to make your appreciation count every time. You will also feel good doing it.

Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and leading expert in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management, customer service, and team building. You can e-mail him at mailto:esykes@thesykesgrp.com, or call him at (757) 427-7032. Goto his web site, http://www.thesykesgrp.com, and signup for the newsletter, OnPoint, and receive the free ebook, "Empowerment and Stress Secrets for the Busy Professional."

Move on!

Written by A.Z. Alfred

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I went close, stepped intorepparttar cobweb-clothed hall. Thick dust, thick enough to spark an asthmatic crisis rose fromrepparttar 135413 ground as I walk on it like it was some continental rug. Everything is in perfect shape. (The carved wooden school crest sitting atrepparttar 135414 upper part ofrepparttar 135415 front wall,repparttar 135416 polished platform, which has aged with dust from being abandoned. Every thing seemed perfect but with age.

Inrepparttar 135417 abandoned hall, right in its center, I closed my eyes and it all came back. I smelled it like it was yesterday. It was fresh asrepparttar 135418 dew on grass beforerepparttar 135419 morning sun. The memories flooded back as I heardrepparttar 135420 students chorusedrepparttar 135421 hymns in unison fromrepparttar 135422 songs of praise pocket book, I could hearrepparttar 135423 school chaplain: preaching a motivational sermon torepparttar 135424 boys. I heardrepparttar 135425 school song as it rose likerepparttar 135426 crashing ofrepparttar 135427 waves against a ship. I opened my eyes; felt some drops sank into my cotton blue shirt, chilling my body. I dried my tears and walked out.

I had to leaverepparttar 135428 past behind me. I wasn’t going to stand there like that war veteran polishing a medal of honor he received some forty years ago. I would never stand one more minute there like that man who thinks, if he were not bankrupt fifteen years ago, he would be rich now. I wasn’t going to let tears down my cheeks like that lady who lost her job as a secretary because she wasn’t computer literate and all she could do was complain, “I could type six million words in one minute.” I have to let go ofrepparttar 135429 past and move on.

I’m not just talking about me, that war veteran or that secretary (that lady rather, she lost her job.) I’m talking to you who sit there in self-pity because you just lost your coolest job. Don’t sit there bemoaning your fate, explaining to your friends what went wrong. You don’t have to tell your sisters or brothers how bad it is and expect someone to come to hug you and say, “sorry, everything will be alright.” Come on wake up. Whatever happened seconds ago is already history. The last minute before you start reading this is history.

Pick up yourself, dry your tears like I did, raise your head and shoulders and do what? MOVE ON!

There is more inrepparttar 135430 future. Plunge into it. And you will realise that all past glory and failures are nothing but a page in your history.

Coming soon, “Haiku with love” An inspiring poetry collection by A.Z. Alfred. To be published by Author House, USA. for his works and free inspirational helps, goto: http//:writesight.com/blackzeal101 mailto: blackzeal101@yahoo.com

A.Z. Alfred is a writer and a motivational speaker whose greatest pleasure is observing the world through a window while listening to inspirational songs.

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