Petals of Appreciation Campaign: Week Two


The recipient of this week’s Petal of Appreciation is…me, myself, and I!

This week I made a list of all the people I wanted to thank during this campaign. Some I’ve already sent letters to or written blog posts about, so I looked inward and realized how little I appreciate and value the one within. I wrote this blog entry with some reservations:

  • Would readers think me egotistical or self-serving?
  • Am I merely looking for praise and compliments?
  • Does admitting my perceived weaknesses devalue my strengths?

I’ll admit it – a “Yes” to any of the above questions could cause me to stumble slightly on my personal journey. However, I’m thankful that I reached a point where other’s opinions do not affect me as much as they used to. Sure, I want people to like me and think highly of me, but I’ve finally realized that I must focus on what I think about myself. My self-opinion is most important, and when I reflect poorly on my choices, actions, or ideas then the task is mine alone to undertake.

I can write paragraph after paragraph about my gratitude and respect for people in a particular profession (teachers, writers, actors), but writing one sentence about the person in the mirror involved way too much use of the backspace button. As a result, I switched to writing long-hand.

I wrote out a Thank You card to myself and sealed it so that I can open it when I’m feeling ungrateful, disappointed, or forlorn. Bestowing a petal of appreciation to me, myself, and I provided enough inspiration and motivation to get creatively unstuck as I keep moving forward!

*Who did you thank this week? Did you send a Thank You card/letter to someone who made a positive impact on your life? Did you comment on a blog post or social media status update? Did you text, call, or video chat with a dear friend?*

Published by Kelly Deeny

I am a writer, singer, jewelry designer, and theatre enthusiast. I use various forms of artistic expression for personal reflection, community discussion and creative inspiration. My premiere novel encapsulates all of the above. Follow along on my journey towards an artistic career!

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