We all love to be acknowledged in some form or other.  The power of acknowledgment goes such a long way. However, I feel it is being lost in our busy world so full of noise, instant gratification, and self-righteousness.

The way I see it, it seems to be a dying art acknowledging what someone has done for you. It is a rare occurrence nowadays to receive a handwritten thank you card, a response to an email received, thank you for going out of your way for someone, and so much more. And furthermore, we do not know how to acknowledge ourselves.

I am starting this off by acknowledging myself. Yes, it is about me. And it is to show you that you can also acknowledge yourself and it is OK and important to do so. I decided to write this for various reasons as I have recently been acknowledged and it made me feel amazing. And I want this for you, too.

Unexpected gift

The first was in today’s mail. I received an unexpected parcel with gifts as a thank you for my fundraising efforts so far for our local children’s hospital (see photo). I was so taken aback as this was totally from left field.

It made me feel fantastic for the effort I am putting in to raise awareness and much needed funds. I am doing this because I can and want to. And it is still wonderful to be acknowledged as I have abject fear about stepping over the ledge. Click here and here to read about the power of pushing your boundaries and pushing through fears. And by abseiling I am acknowledging the amazing services provided for children and their families.

Another was the surprise bouquet of flowers I received from my partner on Valentine’s day. We do not as a rule feel bound to celebrate our love only on that day. So coming home to this pink splash of colour on our doorstep made me feel truly loved and acknowledged.

And recently I invited friends over for my birthday. Again, I was made to feel special by my friends who came to celebrate with me. There was lots of laughter, banter and good fun. And a few of them cleaned up whilst I was busy chatting and having a fabulous time. Now that is acknowledging our love and friendship for each other.

It is so important to make each other feel important in all areas of our lives. It does not need to be anything big. A thank you, a smile, a handwritten card, a gift in the mail, flowers, a meal prepared, and so on goes such a long way. It creates such a lovely warm and fuzzy feeling in both the giver and the receiver.

Give it a go and see what I mean. And many thanks for reading this and coming along on this path with me.


PS why not write a letter of acknowledgement to yourself and see what comes up? Enjoy.


meet chantal

Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au



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