This isn’t really 365give’s last Random Act of Kindness but I did want to post one I got from a reader this past week. I loved the idea so much I dedicated my day to it.
Day 148: Give 148
I set myself for another form of giving. This one is not unusual , but more deliberate this time… I decided yesterday was a day of compliments. I also needed to be sincere too. As I thought about this, I was so aware how it was really a way of expressing appreciation, which is another way of living with gratitude. So as I was out doing a variety of things I found I would smile and say something to a stranger. It might be ” what a lovely day” – a great opener and practice to face a stranger!
In the gym I told a man I did not know how I liked smiling at him as his eyes lit up so beautifully and how lovely they were. No, he didn’t take it as a “come on”, he complimented me back!
I told my Grandson how I really appreciated how well he knew about vacuum cleaners as he showed me how to fix the one I was using which was not mine. ( Age 3yrs !) He showed me how to take it apart so that I could empty it!
I passed a lady with a stunning hat and told her I thought it was so ……… She really gave me a smile and thanked me – I didn’t know her, and she obviously enjoyed the interaction.
Another gentleman in the store was trying on a jacket……. he was alone so I stood by and observed before I told him how great he looked in a certain one. He responded with, “Do I really ?” and smiled.
So it went on …. It gave me and others a great moment in the day. I think many people are afraid to tell others they do not know, something that is complimentary. It means stepping out of many people’s comfort zone to do this with strangers. If that is so with you, try it with children first. ( I love that balloon you have what a pretty color!)
That is how I got started !!
It is so easy to criticize – why so hard to compliment? And complimenting makes a way of looking at life with a light heart.
Time: 30 seconds or so in passing
Thanks for the guest post JR and the GIVE idea. Making another person feel good is one of the best GIVES I can think of. I was happier today giving the compliments than any of my recipients were that received them!