When I was at the mall the other day, wandering about looking at blouses and sweaters, a woman standing nearby took a white embroidered top off the rack and we both looked at it. I said how pretty it was and she agreed. Then, she looked at me, paused, and said “You have beautiful skin!”
“Thank you,” I said. “I thank my parents for it.”
“You are right,” she said. “It’s all down to DNA.”
I smiled, and as I walked away I said, “You just made my day.” And, she had made my day. I get very few compliments, and those I get are tucked away in my memory bank to bring out when I feel low. This is one of those.
It reminded me of a similar compliment I received from a friend when I was staying at her house about a month ago. She said I looked as though I was glowing, and I thanked her. In that situation, though, she became very aware the next morning that my lovely skin is not only a product of my DNA. She had seen me at breakfast before I had put on my makeup.
I shared with her the secrets of my makeup kit and we agreed that Olay CC Tinted Moisturizer and Bare Minerals Foundation do wonders for me. Even so, I stored her compliment away in my heart and I still feel a little glow when I remember it.
Compliments and appreciation don’t need to be about important things to be significant. They just need to be genuine.
Yesterday in a conversation with my sister, I was reminded that an appreciative comment from my dentist has stayed in my thoughts for several years now. After I had moved house, I went to a new dentist to continue the annual dental checkups that I had maintained throughout my adult life.
On my first visit he said “Thank you for taking care of your teeth.” I’ve never forgotten it. In a lifetime of visiting dentists, he was the first one to actually recognize that I was doing something good for my teeth. All the others have only ever said what I was doing wrong.
I really must make a point of recognizing more often when other people deserve some appreciation. I’ll start by letting you know how much I value you reading this blog. I check every day to see how many views my posts get and which countries my readers live in. You give me a little glow on the inside every time you read something I’ve written.
Also, I should let Olay and Bare Minerals know that they have brought me compliments. My DNA is good, but not that good! Only they can make me glow on the outside.