Someone takes the time to say something encouraging. Something positive about you. They start a sentence with the words, “I like you because _____________” and then they fill in the blank with a reason.
And you hug those words to yourself.
In the process of organizing my office recently, I gathered together various notes I’d received — from friends, family, people I met along the writing road. Instead of tossing them in the trash, I consigned them to a special basket on a shelf in my office closet. Why? So that on those days when I’m feeling a bit woe-is-me, I can take a moment and glance through one or two or three of those notes, hear the echo of a friend’s voice, and savor written words of encouragement. A thank you. An “I appreciate you.”
Too often I shrug off a compliment rather than accepting it.
You know what? That’s ungrateful of me.
At the very least, I should say “Thank you” for the verbal hug. At most, I shouldn’t overlook it.
In Your Words: I’m keeping it short and sweet today. I’d love to have you share a compliment you received. Go ahead! You’re not bragging on yourself–you’re retelling what someone else said about you. And, besides, I asked!
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