I try to pay compliments daily, sometimes frequently through the day. I think there is way too much negativity in the world and I think a compliment is a nice way of letting others know you appreciate them. Is there such a thing as being too positive? I don’t think so. Like the ripples caused when a pebble is thrown into a pond, positive words or actions will, hopefully, ricochet causing more good, and, hopefully, lessening the burdens people carry. At least, that is what my small efforts hope to achieve. I have been called a “suck up” for complimenting a teacher (once) and my boss at another time. I have to admit it stung a little. But in the end, I cannot help what other people think or do, or how they interpret my words. At another time somebody accused me of being “too understanding”. I still don’t know what that means. How can a person be “too” understanding?
Now, don’t get me wrong, I am as human and as fallible as the next and too often I fall into a negative cycle and hold myself to impossible standards, as well as everybody else. It’s a struggle to rid myself of the negative cesspool at times. And I know how much understanding, kindness, and sympathy mean to me when I am treading the deep waters of self recrimination.
So, I will continue to strive to understand; to pay compliments liberally. I know I am not always cheerful and positive, and that’s okay. I am only human with my own share of faults and foibles. But I will strive to be the best I can be and to learn from my mistakes.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson