Ten women participated in our eight hour mama’s retreat Saturday at Carrie’s house. We wrote and talked and pondered and meditated and sewed and cried and slept and pondered some more. One of the things we did while we sewed was an Appreciation Round. Each time round the circle we offered up a different subject starting with self. An appreciation for self, partner, friends and each child. It was a powerful moment for me as I listened to each one sharing a completely heartfelt appreciation for themselves and the important people in their lives. It felt good too to think about each person in my own family and really identify something we truly appreciated about each one. And as I spoke I realized I could have gone on and on and on. What a great thing to realize and to share in a circle: first that there are so many people to appreciate and second that there are so many things to appreciate about each one.

In our home we have an Appreciation Banner with a pocket for each person. For many months we kept it active, sharing the sentiments each Sunday night around the dinner table. It’s been stagnant for a while now but I think it’s time to reactivate and bring back the air of appreciation that the practice generated in our home.

I highly recommend starting it up in your own home. It just feels good. Both to be appreciated and to appreciate.