I had a dream the other night – most of which I don’t remember (Isn’t that how it always goes?). But, in the part I do remember, I was feeling particularly down on myself. More specifically, I hated my hair. I couldn’t do anything with it. My curls just weren’t cooperating. If I recall correctly, I actually said, “I’m a mess.” To which, someone – don’t remember who – replied, “You’re beautiful.” Wow. I mean, that’s what we all want, right? For someone to say to us, even when we’re at our worse, “you’re beautiful.” After all, isn’t that what life is… a beautiful mess?
I woke up from that dream smiling, like a loon. That was at 2:00 a.m. this morning, and I’m still smiling (on the inside, because I don’t want my coworkers to think I’m anymore crazy than they already do). How amazing is it, that a dream compliment had that kind of effect on me? Imagine how a genuine, real life compliment could affect someone. That got me to thinking, do I compliment people enough? My loved ones? Friends? Coworkers? Complete strangers? Do I compliment them at all? What kind of difference in someone’s day, would a genuine compliment make? To say to someone, “Good job.” Or, “You look nice, today.”
So, with that said… my charge to you (and to myself) in the new year is to strive to make someone’s day, by genuinely complimenting them, every day. Be it the same person, or a different person every day. You never know, you could be touching them in a very special and very needed way.