Recognition has been the theme of the week. We had three people graduate from our diversion court against the odds, amidst tremendous cheers. There was an awards dinner by NAMI Lexington, highlighting many people who devote themselves to helping others. And our non-profit, GreenRoom Exchange, hosted performances by our three international grant winners. In all these events. The shared good feelings were uplifting.
We all work hard at what we do, but often the recognition is few and far between. This week was different; it was a gift to be able to give and watch recognition be given at these different events.
Here is what I noticed are the benefits:
BEING RECOGNIZED IS HUMBLING AND GRATIFYING
When each of our court graduates gave their speech – an account of what they have been through and how they have changed, the entire courtroom stood up to applaud loudly. I wish I had taken pictures of the amazement and gratitude on their faces. They have earned recognition and praise – most have been through hell to get to this point of positive change, yet they were stunned and humbled.
We all need this kind of acknowledgment at some point. It lets us know when we are on the right track, deserving and fully seen for our accomplishments and just being. Consider how you can offer it more regularly.
HIGHLIGHTING WHAT IS GOOD AND RIGHT HELPS EVERYONE
Recognition of an award is a simple way to identify and acknowledge standards of excellence and the benefit of doing the right thing. Watching colleagues be honored Is gratifying. I’ve gotten many awards in my day and am thrilled to support those now being recognized.
It is a reminder of what is important, of the benefits everyone receives when others try hard to do the right thing and go above and beyond. Notice whom you can recognize for their contributions – compliments always make someone feel good.
THE INSPIRATION AND POSITIVITY ARE MOTIVATIONAL
Watching the international artist grant winners showcase their work was an inspiration. Noticing the integrity and effort of different art forms was moving, expanding our awareness of other cultural traditions. It is a reminder that every culture has something important to share, and the more we are open to it, the more we can eliminate myopic and often prejudicial viewpoints.
A dancer from India, with her own dance school and decades of study, showed how incorporating traditional Indian dance and music into a storytelling format can bridge the cultural divide between east and west. An African tailor showcasing her complex designs illustrated how beautiful and different African fashion is from our western ware. A woman from Angola, who performed Capoeira, Brazilian martial arts, explained how this intense discipline was a way the Angolan slaves kept their culture alive after being captured by the Portuguese.
Each one gave us insight and inspiration to motivate us to be the best at what we do.
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