Mother’s Day Appreciation

We all need to know that we’re needed, not just that we give needed things.

With Mother’s Day approaching, it may be useful to revisit the distinction between gratitude and appreciation.

Gratitude acknowledges the ‘thing’ given.

Thanks for dinner. Thanks for the ride.

Gratitude is objective and it’s all about the recipient — you.

Appreciation acknowledges the ‘effort’ given.

I appreciate the time it took to make such a wonderful dinner.

Thanks for going out of your way to drive me home.

Appreciation is empathetic and it’s all about the giver – the person.

It’s great to give gratitude for the things we receive, but giving appreciation is even more meaningful. Why? Because we need to know that WE are needed – not just that we give needed things.

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Lorraine Esposito 914-410-7502 Lorraine Esposito is a certified professional life coach, mentor coach, owner of The Center for Coaching Mastery at Westchester Community College in New York, and nationally recognized author of The Peacemaker Parent, Solving Problems for Today, Teaching Independence for a Lifetime, Lorraine is the featured life coach for a popular New York radio station, WFAS 103.9 FM and is in collaboration with and featured blogger for the National Football League and USA Football adding a ‘coach approach’ to coaching youth sports. Lorraine’s client base includes CEO’s in the entertainment industry, White House and Capitol Hill public affairs staff, entrepreneurs, global TED speakers, award winning writers, new coaches just starting out, successful business women between 40 and 55 looking for more out of life, and parents needing a little help making good on their parenting promises. Lorraine’s career matches the diversity in her coaching practices. Starting out in the rural mid-west, Lorraine has owned four small businesses; the first, an automobile repair center, started at age 16. Her corporate experience is mainly in negotiating multimillion dollar contracts as the buyer of domestic in-flight food and beverages for Trans World Airlines and then as a procurement manager for the New York City Transit Authority. Lorraine’s strength has always been creatively finding solutions to even the most complicated goal. In addition, Lorraine’s 30 years as a professional fitness coach continues to add depth to all her endeavors. She has been featured in various print, broadcast, and on-line media and is a public speaker regarding personal leadership to community and school-based audiences. Lorraine lives in New York with her husband and two teenage sons.

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