Figuratively speaking, having a good game never gets old. There should never come a day when scoring 40 points, or 4 TDs, or 5 homeruns, or getting a promotion goes without acknowledgment.
I tend to relate things to sports because it's the language I know, follow me.
You probably know someone who you view as successful, and they've seen success for so long that you might even start to feel as if they don't need to hear "good job" or "congrats". That's the same as seeing LeBron make the NBA Finals 6 years in a row and saying "he's suppose to do that". The bar you set for someone based on their accomplishments shouldn't negate praise when it's due.
Let's not get it twisted, I'm not saying give a gold star for half ass effort like a participant trophy; but don't give half ass salutes when you see others reach goals either. I use to look at my big brother and wonder what could I get him for his birthday when he had literally everything. In my head I had to compete with the bar I set based on what he had, and you know what I got him? A birthday card with a hand written note from me telling him I love him.
I say that to say, I could have easily thought "he has everything, nothing I could say or do will measure up" and the truth is, those words meant more than any material thing he possessed. You have people in your life that fit the same shoes.
Don't ever get so caught up in how much someone else has accomplished that you forget what it took them to get there. More importantly don't ever think a simple "I'm proud of you" or "congratulations" won't go a long way. Gestures like that live well beyond worldly possessions.
You think just because we saw Kobe score 81 points that a 62 point performance isn't impressive? Someone you know is having their 3rd child, you say "oh ok"? Never. You think because your best friend got a better paying job than the last one you shouldn't say "congrats" because it's understood? "Good game!" will never go out of style. The finger point after an assist will NEVER get old.
Keeping up with the sports reference, you'll never see a sports team win 3 championship in a row and walk off the court calmly without acknowledging each other because they "already made it before". And as fans you should never not rejoice when your team wins and give credit to those who stepped up when it was needed most.
My message is, appreciate people and never feel like a pat on the back is unnecessary; because the effort it took to earn one shouldn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. Love.