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Appreciation....

Today had a small discussion on the topic of 'appreciation' with few friends. It's an universal fact that most of us want to be appreciated and recognized for what we have done, or who we are- the values we stand for and the sacrifices we make. Absence of appreciation or plain indifference is often cited by employees about their superiors.

Come to think of it- at the end of the day, its a human gesture when said in a genuine way could give fillip to someone than dangling monetary compensation for better performance. Yet we see people who lack this basic skill to recognize people's effort and say a sincere word of thanks getting promoted. While promoting someone to managerial level, I feel people should look out for such character traits - acknowledging others' effort and appreciating people.

The other side, which I feel is the most important, how much we as individuals are appreciative of what others have done to us or still continue doing. I could identify at least two instances where I did not appreciate what others did for me!

This reminds me of a story - 'My lost dollar' I read in my class 12. It was written by Stephen Leacock. Basically the author writes about how his friend has forgotten about a dollar he gave, and how he tries to remind the friend indirectly. But could not succeed. Finally he realises there are people whom he has done the same and does not remember! 

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