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Virtue of the Week – Appreciation

Virtue of the Week – Appreciation

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.



Appreciation is seeing the good in life. It is recognizing the gifts that come our way and showing gratitude for them. When we express appreciation to others, we mirror the virtues we seen in them. We perceive their positive intentions and honor them with our gratitude. Love thrives on appreciation. Intimacy grows deeper when we know we are seen and valued. As we do the spiritual work life calls us to do, it is important to appreciate our own efforts and to acknowledge our progress. We don’t dwell on the unpleasant things of life. Drinking deeply of the beauty and pleasures life offers, we don’t waste a single day.

Quote: “For what has been, thanks! For what shall be – yes!.” -Dag Hammerskjold

The Practice of Appreciation

I look for the good in life and in people.

I freely express gratitude and admiration.

I honor my own progress.

I value the gifts in my tests.

I don’t allow myself to stay down and disappointed.

I enjoy all that life has to offer.

I feel grateful for the bounty of my life.

I am thankful for the gift of Appreciation. It fills my cup.

Questions for Discussion

  • How do we show appreciation to and for others who may be different from us?
  • How is learning valued, even during difficult conversations?
  • How do we show gratitude for the gifts in our community?
  • How do we honor individual and community progress?

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Visit https://cfvi.net/Virtues-Project and scroll to the end of the page to fill out the form.

Virtue of the Week is provided by the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) in partnership with the VI Source and Virtues Matter.

About the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands Since 1990, CFVI has been a catalyst for positive change in the territory through initiatives committed to youth, learning, family support and the environment. With a professional staff and a volunteer Board of Directors composed of community leaders, CFVI is a trusted advocate and supporter of programs that ensure opportunity and sustainability for current and future generations. CFVI is a registered non-profit organization entirely supported by individual donors, grants, trusts, corporate donations and estate planning. For more information, visit www.cfvi.net.

About Virtues Matter Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtue skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit virtuesmatter.com.

To learn more about the Virtues Project, visit www.virtuesproject.com.

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