I shall attempt to prove my point through a series of ideas and observations. When we were young – good heavens, I never realised such a time would come in my lifetime when I would say this!!! – one game held our fancy through several stages of our growing up years – the Word maker game. As a young first grader we had this favourite car game in which Mom would give a word and ask me to think and make up as many words as I could from that word using only the letters present in that word. Years later I found an extremely cute story in one of the Sheldon’s Believe and Make-Beleive books, we bought at a book fair which had a story of a young girl who wins the US Spelling Bee competition by spelling correctly, the word: Mississippi.
We started making words with this and innumerable more such words. It was as a competition with cousins, between me and my brother or just to quietly chill out in me-time. Years later as I started teaching, this game became a permanent ‘in-between-the-lessons-kind-of-fun’ game in my classrooms.
Thus, before I decided on a topic for this post, I was trying to write out a few pages in my diary and distractedly I wrote: Appreciation. Before long I was playing my favourite Word maker game and within a few minutes had almost 34 words from it, which I use below to put up a play of words. Each capitalised word is an offshoot of the core word: APPRECIATION.
Appreciation creates CARE, As it removes the IRE, Which is the CORE For a REACTION, To a CERTAIN, Unfair ACTION, On the PART Of some one who is on a TRIP And an unreasonable RACE To make themselves APPEAR, As if an ICON! It is only a CREATION For they seem PRONE, To a narcissist TRAP, In this fast-paced ARENA, Where each is out to PAINT, The other INTO A dangerous PIRANA! It is extremely important, thus, to RETAIN, Our sanity as a TONIC In between this unnecessary PANIC And pick up our PEN, To either get POETIC, By writing some NOTE, Or get ourselves to PAT Someone’s work which is APPARENT And allow each brethren a slice of the PIE, A space to TIE The ego which is TORN And the opportunity to reach the TOP, For ONCE We can learn to give a high-five POP And in the bargain score a TON, By our caring actions ONE by ONE!!!
I do my bit here and there, losing no opportunity to
write in or say or do something for anyone I care. When I am appreciated for my
work, for showing some care, for going a little out of the way, for being there
for someone dear – I like it and have a warm glow of happiness around me for
many days to come. I am a normal human being and thus reciprocate in similar ways
towards my earthling friends.
Appreciation exists in vibrant souls, in animated action, in bustling thoughts, efficient agility, in a craving for enterprise, in a sincerity of response, in being alive itself!