Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Go Ahead, Make My Day

Hello bloggers, friends, and blogger friends!
Today was a long, busy day.
I started my day off by waking up at 6:00am...
drove an hour to my university...
entered data into SPSS for research for 5-hours...
drove an hour back to my hometown
just in time for work at the nursing home.
And I still managed to squeeze in a run to de-stress.

Wheww.

What a jam-packed day.
And I am one tired lady.
So tonight I am being lazy and
decided to recycle a post I wrote earlier this summer on my Tumblr account.
Enjoy!
I am off to watch "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in bed.
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June 24, 2012
Go Ahead, Make My Day

Have you ever thought about how much a simple compliment can make a person’s day?
I hadn’t thought much about compliments until today.
For some reason, I received all kinds of compliments at work that brightened my day.
“We’re going to miss you when you go back to school in August. You are such a hard-worker.”
(They must have caught me on a good day.)

“I saw you running last night. You always look so pretty, even when you’re running.”
(Ohhh honey, you should have seen me after mile 7!)

“Say, you look good in purple.” -elderly man that comes into the cafeteria
(Clearly, he wanted me to slip him an extra meatball on trayline.)
I couldn’t believe all of these comments—
all literally within a half-hour of each other. I could get used to this.
But do you notice how I have an excuse for every compliment I received?
This is how my brain works.
While I’m usually flattered by compliments, they also make me uncomfortable.
Does anyone else have this same problem?
Half the time I don’t even know what to say. Do I say, “Oh no no, it was no big deal?”

James Taylor once said “I can take criticisms but not compliments.”
Clearly, I’m not the only one who has this struggle.
(Not to compare myself to James Taylor or anything.)
So how do we handle this discomfort?
Say “thanks.”
Genius.
It really is as simple as that.
Nothing more, nothing less. 

While I was going through my daily tasks at work,
I also began thinking about how easy it is to give compliments.
This past week, I have been in an unusually good mood at work.
When I’m in these moods, I’m a lot chattier with my co-workers.
The nursing home I work at is also connected to the hospital.
One of the ladies that works in the hospital office came into load up on her daily dose of coffee.
She had the cutest shoes on her little feet!!
Usually I notice things I like but I never actually say anything,
but I just had to tell her how much I loved her shoes that day.
It only took about 2 seconds, but I could tell that I brought a smile to her face.

Why don’t we say what’s on our minds more often?
(well, the good things, of course.)
Compliments make both the giver and the receiver feel better.

Chris Rock once said ,
"There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.”
You basically hit the nail on the head, Mr. Rock.
I admit, I appreciate the occasional compliment, water is essential, and this girl NEEDS her food!!!
So next time you see an outfit you like, say so.
If your friend ran a 5k for the first time or the hundredth time, congratulate them.
Go ahead, make my day…seriously.




2 comments:

  1. found you through the my beautiful, crazy life blog hop and now follow!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mindy! :) (I love "My Crazy, Beautiful Life!")

      XO
      Amanda

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I love your kind words :)