Appreciation: a thing of the past

The other day my mom and I had a good chat discussing the concept of appreciation, and how, unfortunately, it seems to have become a lost art. She was telling me about a situation in which she gave someone the benefit of the doubt to show kindness and empathy, only to end up being a doormat and getting walked over as a result of her understanding.

She made a comment to me about how no one really gives a shit anymore pertaining to the idea of appreciation, and exemplifying it when due and appropriate, and while it is sad to say, I’m inclined to agree with her perspective.

How many examples can you formulate in your mind in which you went above and beyond for someone only to be shit on as a result of no appreciation shown from the person you did something for? I think we can all relate to this, and it is disheartening to acknowledge just how relevant this scenario is to so many of us.

I’m not sure if social constructions are to blame, but as a whole, we as a society are a tremendous log of shit. We are selfish; vain; self-centred; conceited; ignorant and naive. We have become so focused on ourselves, and only ourselves, that we refuse to recognize how our words and behaviours might affect others, whether it be in a positive or negative manner. And, really, we have become this way because society has encouraged us to do so – it is a paradoxical cycle of entitlement, expectations, and utter disregard for others.

I suppose this post is a bit of a rant, but I do think there is some truth in what I’m spewing via my keyboard. And, I’m not sure the situation will improve, which is a bit of a kick in the crotch for those of us who strive to be kind, show appreciation, and wear our hearts on our sleeves.


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