|Ah, and remember: A smile is an “elevator”. . . (see below)|
Last weekend my daughter and I were walking down the street in Chicago when we passed a friend of hers and her mother. We stopped, introductions were made, we chatted and Andrea’s friend’s mother gave me a lovely compliment.
I briefly considered hugging her and giving her a kiss on the cheek, but thought that would be a tad over the top.
Why am I telling you this? Because, for the rest of the day and even now, her kind words make me smile. I’m sure I had a little blush-y glow as I gushed my thank you to her.
This is not a “kindness of strangers” story, although it was that, it’s an extension of something My-Reason-For-Living-In-France has always professed. He says “there is something beautiful about every woman and it’s important to see it and tell her.”
Now, you may be thinking “well, he’s French.” True. But he is very kind and always tries to find something sincere and positive to say.
The point here is that the compliment must be sincere, personal and most important, expressed. Often, we think a compliment and never give it.