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What is true appreciation? Most of the time we think of it as saying “thank you, thank you, thank you” over and over to a person. There’s nothing wrong with saying thank you to someone, but true appreciation is deeper than that.

Dictionary.com gives the definition of appreciation as “the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value”. To appreciate something means to acknowledge the inherent value in someone or something and to recognize the value that the particular person or thing brings to your life. When you take a diamond to a jeweler to be appreciated, you take it so that you can assess the value of it. Another helpful analogy is that when a diamond appreciates, it increases in value. The truth of that statement resonates with me on so many levels.

I believe that this is what the law of attraction teachers are trying to get across when they talk about gratitude and appreciation. When you truly appreciate something or someone, your focus on the value that the person or thing adds to your life becomes so strong, that your perception on its value increases, hence causing you to attract more of it.

Everything and everyone is made up of energy, and energy loves to be appreciated. The more you acknowledge the inherent value in something, the more attracted you are to it – and it to you. Take the diamonds in your life, and appreciate them. Acknowledge the value in them and watch how many new insights and ideas you gain by just seeing them in a new light. If there is something that you desire, begin to appreciate it.

Appreciate your gifts. Appreciate life. Appreciate you.

Dawn Yerger, MSW is the president and CEO of DiamondMind Coaching & Consulting. It is her personal mission to bring out the best in herself and others by helping them mine and polish their inner and outer diamonds. Check out her website and blog at http://diamondmind.ning.com.

  1. November 24th, 2009 at 16:39 | #1

    As many of us are reflecting and focusing on thanksgiving this week, I also am feeling appreciation and gratitude for many things. I celebrated my birthday yesterday, I have made connections with friends old and new, and I agree with you that you attract more of what you do and what you are. As you appreciate others and recognize their value, you learn from them, and you increase your own.

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