A few years ago I was on my way to work at a temporary labor and office agency. I was walking down a flight of stairs and my mind was completely occupied. I was thinking about the day ahead of me—what positions were needing to be filled, and how many interviews would be generated from the want ads placed in that Sunday’s newspaper. I was going into work mode, complete with a serious façade.
A man was walking up the stairs in the opposite direction. I barely noticed him, until he stopped on the stair and said to me with a bright smile “Good morning, I’m thinking this and I’m just going to say it -- you look nice today!” He said this without being salacious, and he seemed genuine.
I smiled in return and kept heading down the stairs. I looked at the dress I was wearing, a bold red striped dress, one of my favorites. I was touched that he made a sweet compliment. Throughout that whole day, no matter what pressures were at the office, I had an inward smile due to his kind words. To this day, I still remember his comment and how it made me feel.
From that point forward, I make it a point to pass on genuine compliments to people I knew and when the timing is right, to total strangers. Sometimes I get a mumbled thank you, but most of the time it opens up a friendly dialogue.
I guess I want to pass along the good feeling that stranger’s comment accomplished so many years ago.Isn’t it amazing how someone’s kind random comment can turn your day around? Have you paid someone a random compliment today