First off, you should know that whether you comment or simply think it through in your head, this is an exercise I would LOVE for you to participate in.
Recently, I have been the grateful recipient of a few compliments. These remarks filled me with gratitude for both the person who said them and for the Lord’s presence in my life, because I know that any good in me comes from Him. I’m sharing them today not to make myself look good, because if anything, posting them actually makes me look overconfident and . . . a little strange. But I’m sharing them anyway, because I think we women have to consciously work at liking ourselves as we are. For most of us, it is too easy to dwell on what we don’t like—to get discouraged about ourselves and just stay there for a while.
Here are the three recent compliments that built me up:
1. A close friend told me I have a way of making people feel like I am genuinely interested in them. If I even bear this quality, I can’t take much credit, because I think it is just because I’m naturally VERY curious about other people. (Almost weirdly curious!)
2. A new friend told me that I’m easygoing and that I don’t seem to worry. I would classify myself as a born worrier who tries hard not to worry about things she cannot control. In person, I shrug my shoulders and make fun of myself a LOT more often than I once did. Being seen as “easygoing” is a huge compliment for a past-life control freak like me.
3. Someone I don’t even know recently referred to me as a “young whippersnapper.” That one had me beaming all day. I don’t even know what it means, but I want to go around calling everyone I see a whippersnapper!
Honestly, I was happier this week because of these kind words. I felt calmer. Reassured that my self-improvement efforts—which most of the time feel like they’re taking a backseat to things like potty training and vacuuming—were taking me somewhere after all. I am determined to pass that reassurance on. I hope you will too.
But today, let’s start by being kind to ourselves. Besides, it’s Mother’s Day weekend! You deserve it! What is a recent compliment you received that built you up?