Accept a compliment
“I can live two months on a good compliment.” – Mark Twain
Dear ladies and gentleman,
Please accept a compliment.
Recently, I’ve been appalled by the number of times I have GENUINELY paid someone a compliment. Not wanting anything in return. Not trying to do anything awkward. Just trying to honestly tell someone something nice about them. At that moment. Organically. Because it’s true.
And then I’m faced with crazy-eyed looks, “no no no,” or “this old thing? I hate it.” I even got some “I’m fats,” “well that’s ridiculous,” and “uhhh…no?”
My most recent shrug-off was the final straw.
Why can’t we just accept a compliment?
We are awesome. We are beautiful. We have many talents and strengths.
You can do things I can’t do. I can do things you can’t do. You may just own a super rocking t-shirt that I think looks pretty on you. Or do your hair differently and have it look amazing! You could write a well-written blog post. Maybe it’s that you made me cookies and they were just super tasty and I want to let you know that they were good.
When you are complimented from a heart-felt place (even if you are afraid someone is complimenting you NOT from a heart-felt place), there is only one thing that is appropriate to do.
Genuinely thank you.
Please, learn to accept a compliment. They are not made from malice. They are not made to point out a secret flaw. Nice people give compliments to other nice people because they deserve it. Because they want to. Because it makes them happy to tell you something good about YOU. It may feel awkard. It may seem odd to be complimented. You may feel unworthy of praise. But embrace it. Embrace the love passed to you by someone else.
Accept the compliment.
Enjoy it. Say thank you. Believe them. Appreciate the statement, whatever the compliment may be.
And just accept it.
I promise to do the same when you next compliment me.
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography