"Spreading Love" by Eleatta
From The Love and Longings Series
I think Mother Teresa said it most elegantly, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
Did you know January 24 is National Compliment Day? Yep. It's a real thing! The power of a compliment is sadly underestimated. At a time in our culture with so many people feeling disconnected and alone, a simple compliment has amazing potential. We're all longing to be seen and heard. It's the basic yearning of the human heart.
The simple fact is this. When we receive kind words we're more likely to give them. Then, in giving them, we create possibilities for continued ripples.
When I heard about National Compliment Day, I thought, "Wow! That's an occasion more folks should know about!" So do you want to join me? Let's think of someone we could offer some heartfelt words to bolster them. Who knows what sparks of hope might be kindled from an encouraging text, appreciative email, warm voice message, or note of gratitude?
I remember a compliment I was given a while ago. It came at a time I felt particularly weak and alone because I'd been listening to little "gremlin voices." You know, they're those pesky whispers that try to convince us that we're not enough. They suggest thoughts like, "Who do you think you are, anyway?" or "You don't have what it takes." Someone sent a simple two-sentence email to me;
"I just want to thank you for the art you make - for your heart that you put into it. The small painting I purchased from you a few months ago has been helping me as I recover from some deep sadness after the loss of my Mom."
Needless to say, that short message silenced those gremlins. When they reappear, as they tend to do, I still pull up that email and let my heart feel it's words.
What's been your experience with compliments? Have you seen your own words revitalize someone or have you been on the receiving end of a jolt of positivity? I'd love to hear.