On the way home from school yesterday, I overheard a conversation between my kids (4 & 7 years old).
My son: "You know what, Sissy? Sometimes, I'm just so proud that you're my sister."
My daughter: "Me to. I'm proud of you too!"
As you can imagine, this resulted in a huge smile on my face. I think I might have actually grabbed at my heart a little bit too because it was just so stinking cute.
This simple conversation has been on my mind ever since.
It made me stop and question how often I compliment people. I don't mean the expected compliments like, "you did great in today's basketball game." I mean the random, out of nowhere compliments like my son gave my daughter.
"You really are a fun person to be around."
"I have always looked up to you and your confidence."
"You are so knowledgeable about that subject. I can tell you've really studied hard. It's paying off!"
I don't know about you, but those are the types of compliments I enjoy receiving. Compliments that I know came from their heart and not out of obligation.
I'm going to make it a personal goal of mine to try to give out more compliments.
We are surrounded by so much negativity and competition to be the best. It's become too easy to have a Spicy tongue towards each other. In fact, I think we've forgotten to pat each other on the back when we see someone excelling.
Our words have so much power. We can use them to build people up or tear people down.
Why not use them for the better?
Friends, join me today and try to give out some compliments. Get ready for some smiles from the recipients. Nothing melts my heart more than making someone smile :)