Let a Smile Be Your Cocktail Umbrella
Compliments are like umbrellas. At some point pretty much everybody could really use one.
But too often they are in short supply. Compliments… well, AND umbrellas.
They create a space for you, literally, in the sun.
They can be practical or beautiful or whimsical, sometimes all three at once. Some of them just make you smile.
If you think of it all of that can be said about compliments.
Sadly, a lot of us don’t know how to give (or receive) a compliment.
The best ones are simple and honest. Start with an
acknowledgement of something people have put effort into or take personal pride
in. Hair, nails, manners, children, workmanship, not stabbing stupid people with a pen and pretneding it was a bee, names (I always ask people
with unusual spelling on their nametags how to pronounce their names and then
always say “Beautiful” because the names usually are and the way someone says
their name almost always reveals a little of themselves, which is a special
Sometimes we don’t offer a compliment because we don’t think of it. But it’s never too late. More than once I’ve had people shout nice things about my outfits in parking lots (yet, never once about my parking ability!) and I’ve done the same. I’ve sometimes missed telling someone how much they helped, but I can still tell their manager or the person next in line. Believe me, it’s never a wasted effort.