A few weeks ago I read a blog post called The Compliment Challenge. I hope you’ll read what she has to say, but the basic idea was that we shouldn’t hold back when we notice something about another woman that deserves a compliment. She encouraged her readers to say something nice if you see something nice. Don’t most women deal with insecurities? How much better would you feel if after spending a frustrating twenty minutes raiding your closet for something to wear, a stranger in the store or someone at work complimented you on your outfit?
I took the challenge and have really tried to be kind and genuine towards other women. I love clothes and accessories, so it’s not very hard. 🙂 A few weeks ago it was our turn to greet and hand out bulletins as people came into our church. I tried to avoid the “Hi, how are you?/Fine” exchange by complimenting the ladies on a specific accessory or part of their outfit. I had some lovely conversations with several different ladies – especially ones that I wouldn’t normally fall into conversation with.
The most rewarding exchange I’ve had so far happened over the past weekend. During a conversation with someone I’ve known for several years, I mentioned that I really liked her new glasses. She had on a pair of very “on trend” glasses that were perfect for her face and coloring. Relief washed over her face and she said, “Really? Wow, thank you so much!” She went on to tell me that someone had recently made a very derogatory comment about her glasses that made her very self conscious about them.
How awesome is that? It just took a simple, heartfelt comment to lift my friend’s spirits and give her self confidence a boost.
How about you? Want to take the compliment challenge?
*Liza Jane appears courtesy of RefreshHer 🙂