This latest drawing is the 'Castle Community of Gratitude'. I've been pondering gratitude, and how important it is in relationships and communities. I am someone who enjoys giving to others, whether it's tattoo deals, little gifts, offering my service, hosting visitors, expressing words of thanks, inspiring others or cooking for people.
Friends who respond positively and show their appreciation, returning favors in a variety of ways are people I tend to keep in my closer friends circle. I was especially inspired by the book The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. The book explains five ways to show appreciation: physical gifts, words of affirmation, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch.
Those who are able to show that they appreciate what I do for them in any one or more of these ways are people I continue to go out of my way for and who I want in my 'castle community'. The community I am developing are those who can return appreciation- the spires standing strongly around me, who demonstrate a balance of giving and receiving.
I love giving, however when it isn't returned with appreciation, the relationship diminishes. From the process of tailoring my circle of friends, I have been seeing more giving people around me and feeling like the give-and-take is less one-sided. I notice so many people who prioritize giving appreciation when others are good to them and I'd like to encourage this.
By going out of your way to say thank you, the world will be a more loving generous place. My biggest love languages are physical gifts and words of affection. Write in the comments below what yours are. ❤️Katia