Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

A Sincere Thank You

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

A Sincere Thank You

Article excerpt

Everyone appreciates being appreciated. What happens far less often is individuals taking the time to recognize others and to reach out to thank those who have done something that makes our profession stronger, our society better. Think outward rather than inward.

Yes, there are awards that are available to spotlight what people do, but very few individuals take the time to nominate someone. How can we expect to be valued by those outside of our profession if we are not doing it for our own? It also helps our profession when we in family & consumer sciences reach out to non-members and those in other professions to show them our appreciation. This acknowledges them while also bringing in an ally for the future.

The same is true of nominating those who might serve in leadership positions at the affiliate, community, or national level. This is a recognition of their abilities. For change to happen we need to be willing to step up to the challenge of providing leadership to bring about the change. We need to leave our comfort zones.

Erik Erikson in his theory proposed the adult stage of generativity versus stagnation. Generativity refers to "making your mark" on the world through caring for others as well as creating and accomplishing things that make the world a better place. …

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