I've noticed something since I became familiar with Dale Carnegie's principles. Our society is really good at praising children. I'm Exhibit A. Any video featuring Tyler that I narrate consists of my super sappy voice saying, "Good job, Tyler! Way to go!" From taking his first steps to singing a song to dancing his heart out... I'm right there cheering him on! And of course, Tyler and I surprised Alan with cupcakes and a few brightly-wrapped packages for his birthday this week. We even sang our favorite adult a rousing edition of "Happy Birthday." What about every other day?
This week I had the opportunity to see someone in action who is a shining example of Principle 22. I was one of my church's representatives to the Nebraska Synod gathering where the main items on the agenda were honoring our retiring bishop and electing our next synod leader. Bishop David deFreese has been leading the Nebraska Synod for 12 years and it was obvious that he appreciates EVERYONE. And not just a simple "thank you" or greeting-card-on-your-birthday kind of appreciation. Each gesture of appreciation was tailored to that individual and completely heartfelt. Bishop deFreese's gratitude warmed each person in that room.
|Praise and appreciation for Tyler!!|