Quick Thought Number 4 – The Appreciation File in the Digital Age

Have you reached out and sent anyone a message telling them that you appreciate them recently?

Way back in 2014 I wrote about having an appreciation file, a physical folder for cards/letters, and an email folder for emails where I could store positive messages I got from folks I had helped either at work or through my websites. Then, when I was just having a struggle or needing a pick-me-up, I could browse the file and remind myself that I do have some value and can make a difference in people’s lives.

Four years later, it occurred to me that I need to update that process.

I’ve started taking pictures with my phone of cards/letters we’ve gotten over the last couple of years and screenshots of social media comments on my phone as well.

That does two things:

  1. It captures the appreciative comments that I get on Facebook or Twitter that have been missing from the previous file.
  2. Gives me a photo album that is with me 24 hours a day that I can browse when I need a lift.

Have you thought about how to keep a copy of positive messages that you’ve been sent digitally, and how it can help see the value you provide? Have you reached out recently and sent anyone a message telling them that you appreciate them? Maybe it’s time you did both.

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