Did you know that March 1st is “World Compliment Day”?
Of course, this holiday is on a list of “obscure” and rather ignominious observances. You won’t see vacation time off work, or a parade. But still, I thought it was a lovely idea.
How often do we take the time to compliment our loved ones and friends?
How often do we compliment a complete stranger?
The BIG Power Of small Things
A favorite scripture of mine from the Book of Mormon is:
“by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.” – Alma 37:6
We never know what the positive impact a smile and a kind word can have. A compliment can go a long way – especially when it comes from a stranger, which can often feel almost startling because it is so rare and unexpected. A few weeks ago as I boarded the bus to work a woman I have never met turned and smiled at me and said “I love those ear rings you are wearing. They compliment your outfit and your eyes so nicely.”
I was having a hard morning, and I was worried about a project at work. I actually kept replaying that little compliment in my mind, and it became a real boost to my confidence. It was such a small and simple thing that stranger shared with me. It took just a few seconds. She probably thought it was nothing. And yet, it had a long-lasting impact.
“How like that glorious wind can be the sincere compliment of a friend, the cheerful greeting of a parent, the approving nod of a sibling, or the helpful smile of a co-worker or classmate, all supplying fresh “wind in our sails” as we battle the challenges of life! President Thomas S. Monson put it this way: “We can’t direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. For maximum happiness, peace, and contentment, may we choose a positive attitude.” – Sister Jean B. Bingham
Make Today A Great Day
And so, today – and always – I thank you for visiting, reading and commenting on my little blog. You matter so much to me. You validate my efforts, and give me “wind in my sails”. For those who I’ve had the privilege of getting to know better have become my dear friends. You are awesome! Today, let someone know that you care about them,, offer a sincere compliment. And, when you receive a compliment, accept it with gratitude and ponder how that compliment is meaningful to you.
Imagine the opportunities all around us each day to give a positive boost to another person! Whether it’s walking down a hallway, standing in an elevator, sitting on the bus, or seeing a coworker, a friend, a family member, a neighbor… let me know who you find today to give a compliment to, and share your experieince in the comments below! ♥ – MoSop