The Law of Appreciation

Written by Johnny Robinson
Johnny_robinson_1_75x75When a nation gives birth to a man who is able to produce a great thought, another is born who is able to understand and admire it.-Joseph Joubert. -
The law of appreciation is made up in two parts. The one is to have a sincere and sympathetic understanding of others, and the other is never to expect too much appreciation for oneself, from others. We should remember everything that’s done for us, but quickly forget what we do; for others. In an appreciative mood we become grateful for things that are happening to us, because gratitude leads to plenty.

Why do bad things happen to good people? We've heard this question asked, we may have even asked it ourselves. This is the wrong question to ask, if we are being appreciative. I heard a minister (some time ago) make a statement, that God never answers whywhywhy questions. He stated that a whywhywhy question, leaves the conversation open for an argument not just an explanation. God refuses to be drawn into an argument. Then, what is the right question to ask? What happens to good people, when bad things are thrust upon them? Jesus said in Matthew's, “They are blessed, for they shall be comforted.” Therefore, thinking from the perspectives of appreciation, we should be reminded of; “Lo, I am with you always.” Giving appreciation is one of the best and easiest ways to draw out the best in others and also, show a sign of nobility in you.

What happens to good people when bad things happen to them? With the law of appreciation: They become better people!

One of the strongest hungers in mankind today is a desire to be appreciated. Everyone wants to be liked. True appreciation is the mother of virtue or the father of vice. Real appreciation is not dependent on external things. The kind of appreciation that stays with you is the appreciation that springs from inward thoughts and deeds. We must cultivate our minds, if we wish to achieve enduring appreciation. We must furnish our minds with helpful thoughts and ideas. For an empty mind seeks pleasure as a substitute for appreciation. The greatest appreciation one can have, is to knows that youyouyou do not necessarily require it. Service to a just cause rewards the giver with more real appreciation and satisfaction than any other adventure of life. The law of appreciation is a gracious attitude.

This is a great philosophy for happiness and it is very sound. We must learn to serve each other if we want to progress. We should develop the attitude of always doing more than we get paid for. Just think, how much good we would do, if we didn't care who got the credit. A good Motto to keep in mind is that those who expect gratitude for everything that they do really don’t deserve much. History points to the facts that beneficiaries usually have short memories, and benefactors seldom receive proper appreciation. Moses, like many of the great, suffered most at the hands of his friends. He was the object of continual murmurings by those he cared most about.

Many would say that the law of averages, one out of ten, is a fairly good average. When we thoroughly examined this, maybe it’s not so bad after all. If one out of 12 betrays us and one out of 10 come around to express appreciation, we are doing as well as did the greatest man who ever lived. In fact, the entire life story of Jesus, including his death, illustrates this fundamental trait in human personality. When it was his time to face court and some pay back help needed, not a single character wiseness could be found. The greatest benefactor of mankind who ever lived, suffered the cruelest death at the hands of the very people he was benefiting. Since we are so hungry for recognition, our situations can become dangerous. Especially, when we allow ourselves to expect some appreciation, and the chances are so great that we will not be on the receiving end. It doesn't matter why, the lack of appreciation is so prevailing in human nature. It is enough just to know, that it is true. Someone has said, “When I do right no one remembers, but, when I do wrong no one forgets.” Just remember, “A red-hot heater doesn't ask anything near it to get warm.”

In a recent reading I came across something of interest. It was called the Principle of Sacrificed Alternatives. Any time a decision is made and that decision carried through to completion, many alternate things are sacrificed. This principle is use on a continuous basis, whether we realize it or not. Each morning when we awaken, we decide to get up, and at the same time, we sacrifice staying in Bed, getting more sleep, just relaxing, dreaming dreams and the list goes on and on. It all becomes a decision of alternatives and of choosing the best alternate for that particular situation. When I find myself-behaving in ways that are unbecoming; out of phase with the law of appreciation. What should I do? There are many alternatives available to us that we have already sacrificed. You know what to do-make a decision and follow through until it is completed. From Out of resistance comes strength.

In high school I remember studying about the Processional Caterpillar that travels in long lines, habitually one behind the other. There was a scientist (I can't recall his name) that led a group of these caterpillars onto the rim of a flower pot, containing plants of their liking. The leader of the procession found itself nose to tail with the last Caterpillar in the group. They thusly, formed a complete circle on the rim of the flower pot. Due to instinct and habit, they circle the flower pot for several days and nights, until they die from starvation. With food close by, they chose not to leave their (comfort zone) circle of influence. But, did they have a choice? Were they habitually locked in by instinct?

No, no, no, they did not have a choice. They were locked and controlled by instinct. But, unlike the Caterpillars, we do have choices. One of the greatest powers we have is the power to choose. Even with this great power, we often found ourselves behaving in similar ways. Our habit patterns and our ways of thinking are so deeply ingrained, that it becomes easier to follow the ways of control, than to break the shackles of instinct. We may find ourselves in lockstep with our old used to be ways…somehow waiting for something good to come our way. The old saying, “Expect nothing and you will never be disappointed,” is instinctively driven. We
occasionally see this type, who does everything they do in the hope of receiving praise; and they are always unhappy and disappointed, because in nine out of 10 cases, they just don't receive the praise they’re expecting (I would have been better off to have stayed where I was, etc., etc., etc.).

Keep in mind that one kind word or greeting may often create more happiness than an expensive gift. In the words of a poet, “We never know how far kind words may go. There is no way to measure friendly smiles. They carry treasures of courage, faith, and love of mankind. And we may watch them grow until their warmth unfolds a multitude; Returns to bless the giver too with bread of happiness.”(Poet unknown) We are told to cast our bread upon the waters. So, send out your seeds of happiness. We shall not pass this way but Once...And any kindness that we can do, let us do it Now.

Bro. Johnny Robinson
225 Landowner Rd.
Fayetteville, NC 28314
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