Sunday, October 20, 2013

Appreciation and Humility

R.a.n.t. of week 10/20/13
Sometimes I wonder what the proper decorum is for showing appreciation. We live in a day and age where we can not only thank the individual(s), but announce how thankful we are to all our friends. And yet, is it proper to broadcast our appreciation? Is it embarrassing or rude? Thoughtful or fun? Right or proper? The best way I've ever used to determine how someone else might feel is to judge how I'd feel if the situation were reversed. If I did something nice for you, how would I feel if you informed others? Well, go ahead. Feel free to tell the world. Humble? Of course I'm humble. Why do you ask? I'm probably the humblest person I know. In fact, I've won awards for how humble I am, and I proudly display them in my home. Well, maybe that's the problem. Am I not as humble as I really ought to be, and it's just that others are more so? Realizing this has been a very humbling experience for me. Just make sure you note, I always strive to do the least amount of things that irritates others (besides jokes of course). Especially if I feel it would hurt their feelings. So when I do do something that has irritated others, I feel bad. No matter how hard I try to not wrong someone or do something upsetting to them, I still inadvertently do so. So, what's your stand on public apologies? Maybe that can be the topic for next week.