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Esteem and the little things in life

Focus on the good stuffWhen we integrate esteem into our daily life we perceive more intensely the world around us.

With esteem we pause to see a flower blooming on the sidewalk or find joy in the smiling face of a child.  Our reaction is to return the smile or to stand in awe at the strength and beauty of nature.  Esteem makes us aware of the little things in life.

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Simple definition of esteem

Esteem is a deeply human sense to appreciate the uniqueness and the qualities of each single person.

Esteem is like love inseparable of humanity. With esteem we see the good sides in people, we encourage them in their talents and on their way through life. Esteem is about seeing others as they are in their core and not as they seem to be. Esteem comes from the heart and goes to the heart.

Esteem is what we want to receive for ourselves, but it needs to be honest esteem. When we receive esteem we are able to give esteem to others.


The Pylon Appreciation Society

Esteem knows no limits.  This means that we can give and show esteem toward almost everything.  The Pylon Appreciation Society is a perfect example of this statement.

The members of the Pylon Appreciation Society appreciate electricity pylons or transmission towers.  According to their website pylon enthusiasts range from primary school children to retired engineers and many people in between inspired by these steel giants.

The Pylon Appreciation Society has collected an impressive amount of information and photos about pylons from all over the world.  They even ran their first photo competition in 2006 which was won by an 8-year-old British boy.  The next competition will be a pylon art challenge.

If you’re as fascinated by pylons as their members are, then the Pylon Appreciation Society could be a place for you.


Industry Appreciation Awards

Industry is an important part of our society.  The engine of an economy is it’s production capabilities.

The annual Industry Appreciation Awards of Southwest Florida celebrate the accomplishments of local businesses.

Seventeen businesses were recognized in these eight various categories:

  • Aviation, Aerospace, Defense and National Security
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Sciences & Human Performance
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Research & Engineering
  • Transportation & Logistics

The honored businesses will feel motivated by having received this genuine sign of esteem.

Giving public esteem toward industry is a great reminder for us to acknowledge efforts which are vital to society.

Esteem appreciates what we have

We may sometimes catch ourselves dreaming of things we don’t have.  

Dreaming can be positive as long as it keeps us going forward toward the goal we picture for ourselves.  On the other hand it can stop our self-development as long as it prevents us from enjoying what we have.

When we integrate esteem in our daily life we realize that the moment we live in is the most precious. 

Therefore, even when we dream of goals or things we don’t have – yet, esteem still teaches us to appreciate the things we have now.

How to give esteem to fire fighters

The Olive Garden Restaurants each year honor local workers on Labor Day.  This year, the 8th year the company has held the event, firefighters were honored with a free meal.

All 685 Olive Gardens in the U.S. took part in this special day by saying thank you to fireman for protecting local communities.

Pete Counseller, Lieutenant for the East Lansing Fire Department, expressed his gratitude for this great sign of esteem with these words: “While often you feel like you’re maybe not appreciated in the verbal sense, people are thinking about you, we are here 24/7 and ready to respond to the city of East Lansing and their emergencies.”

There are numerous ways to express esteem.  Olive Garden’s way is a great public sign which can motivate all of us to find creative ways to give esteem.

Esteem for daily moments

Sometimes you may feel that the daily things aren’t as important or precious as the so-called “special moments”.  The special moments of life are certainly precious and we can acknowledge that.

It’s also important to remember that daily moments are precious too.  There is one simple way to help you remember to appreciate the seemingly ordinary moments: try to picture your life without them.

Giving esteem to such daily moments makes you more aware of the preciousness of life in general.  Moments don’t need to be huge and overwhelming to be acknowledged.  Small moments of daily contentment are equally precious and worthy of esteem.

The Tea Appreciation Society

Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”

Millions of people all over the world would agree with this quote from British Prime Minister William Gladstone (1809-1898).

The Tea Appreciation Society is an active expression of esteem for tea lovers.  Originally it was set up in 2007 by a small group of designers.  Since then it has grown into a worldwide collective of tea lovers, many of them artists and other creative people.

The members of the Tea Appreciation Society appreciate tea for offering the opportunity for quiet contemplation and shared moments with friends.  Tea enables them to reflect, to be inspired and to create.

The next time you enjoy a good cup of tea, be on the lookout for inspiration and creative ideas.  If it doesn’t happen, at least you enjoyed a great moment with delicious tea.


Ocean Appreciation Celebration

It’s easy to become dulled to one’s surroundings.  When life becomes daily we often forget to stop and take a look around.  Sometimes it takes a special day to raise our consciousness to the nature surrounding us.

Such an event is the Ocean Appreciation Celebration in Santa Monica, CA which will take place August 29-30, 2009.

The event is designed to raise awareness of coastal residents to the integral role the ocean plays in their lives.

This is a great opportunity to appreciate the natural environment and to give esteem toward it.

Visitors to the Ocean Appreciation Celebration will take this consciousness with them into their daily life.


Esteem makes each day meaningful

Dalai Lama once said: “Old friends pass away, new friends appear.  It is just like the days.  An old day passes, a new day arrives.  The important thing is to make it meaningful, a meaningful friend – a meaningful day.”

Change is the only constant in life.  Everything changes.  Our friends change, our life circumstances change, even we change. 

Esteem tells us to give meaning to each single moment.  When we give esteem to people and to life situations we appreciate them for the moment.  Esteem happens always in the moment, never after or before it.  When the moment passes, there is a new opportunity to give esteem to somebody else or to another life moment.

Esteem doesn’t hang on to certain people or certain life moments.  This means that esteem takes each new day, and every new moment as a new possibility to create new appreciation.  When we live esteem we make each single day meaningful, and we make the people around us meaningful.