I’ve always been a fan of giving compliments. Seriously, who doesn’t like to get a compliment? I’m not sure I realized how powerful a compliment could be though until I experienced it myself.
I’d been working a lot these past few months and had little to no time to do my writing. Tuesday was going to be a writing day. But, I got a not-so-good surprise Monday evening, and suddenly, I had something urgent to deal with on Tuesday morning. Gone was my writing day.
Fine, I’ll go deal with this, I thought. And I set out to take care of this issue. One foot outside and I felt the blast of hot, sticky air. Great, it’s like 100 degrees out with 100% humidity. There goes my hair and why did I even bother to put on makeup? Oh well, nothing I can do about it now.
It took me most of the morning but I got what I needed to do done and by 11:15 am, I was walking back home. I was hot and sweaty, my hair looked like a bird’s nest, and my hands and feet were swollen like rolls of dough. I wasn’t in the best of moods.
As I waited for the light to change to cross the street, I heard a woman calling out. “Excuse me, excuse me,” she said. I figured she needed directions, so I pasted on a smile and turned around.
“I just wanted to say that I love your dress. It’s so pretty and you look great in it. It’s the perfect dress for this hot weather.” Startled, I thanked her profusely, and we both wished each other a good day and went our separate ways.
I smiled the rest of the way home. One compliment from a random stranger not only made my day but it changed my perspective for the day. Made me think, maybe we could change the world with compliments. Maybe not but I’m sure going to try.