Before I get to my topic today, I want to say thanks to everyone who expressed support for my case of poison ivy. My visit to the doc yesterday was special. Of course, this was the first time I had been to this clinic, and my new doctor and I seemed to really hit it off. We both play guitar and sing. We both write songs. We both love history. We are both Christians. We spent 2 minutes talking about my poison ivy affliction and 40 minutes discussing the stuff we both love. Then, he gave me a prescription for Prednisone, and it is already kicking the H out of my problem. Praise the Lord.
On to the main topic of today's blog.......
I got to my workout facility this morning at 6:00. I was mindlessly lifting weights when I slowly became aware of the radio station DJ talking between songs. Usually, the workout music and the comments of the DJ are nothing more than unconscious noise to my ears. But today, the DJ's words took on true meaning for me:
---Do you ever feel like you are unappreciated? What do you do during those times? Do you sulk? Do you become depressed? Do you get down on yourself? Are you hard to get along with?
---In my life, I have exhibited all of those negative traits when I feel others are not appreciating me.
---But it finally occurred to me that it is more blessed to give than to receive. And I found that when I give appreciation to others, it actually fulfills my need for appreciation. Sounds crazy, but it works like magic.
---I compare it to Christmas time, when the joy of giving to others makes me feel so much better than receiving gifts for myself.
Wow. I've been thinking about that, and it makes a lot of sense. I guess all of us feel down about things from time to time. I think I'll take this DJ's advice, and begin to consciously combat my negative feelings by giving more support to others.