Unexpected, welcome, and appreciated

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Life and Random Thinking

coffee shopI have discovered that people are surprised by compliments or expressions of appreciation.

I don’t mean with family, or your closest friends – they aren’t surprised. I mean the people you see regularly, but you don’t know their birthday, but you aren’t a stranger neither.

The cost is free, the time it takes is negligible to give a sincere compliment but the effect is long lasting.

I workedin an office in Vancouver decades ago, and this event is still remembered. One of my coworkers took the time one day to mention she noticed I took the time to dress well for work (ironed shirts, ties) everyday. She complimented me on my appearance. It struck me because the compliment was unexpected but appreciated. I don’t remember her name but I recall how I felt because she took the time to say a few kind words. Unexpected, welcome and…

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I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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18 Responses to Unexpected, welcome, and appreciated

  1. I like to say that there is never a wrong time to say something kind.

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    Kindness can be something as simple as saying ‘I really like your blouse’ or ‘that colour really suits you’ to the woman standing behind you at the grocery checkout. Today I said to a guy pushing two kids in an unusual stroller ‘wow, that’s an impressive rig’. He beamed. I’m pretty sure he’d engineered some of it himself.

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  3. Wise words. A random compliment can change someone’s entire day for the better.

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  4. Marlene Skotheim says:

    Another great one!

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  5. Jennie says:

    Yes, they are surprised. That’s what makes kindness so important. Definitely welcome and appreciated!

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  6. Janice Wald says:

    Hi DFolstad,
    I love Mark Twain. Thank you for quoting him. I also believe in the power of compliments. I do not feel they are just words like some people since the person did not have to waste their breath and time to utter them.
    Susie sent me! Maybe you can check out my blog if you need any blogging tips. I write about how bloggers can be more successful. I also have blog parties like Susie.


  7. I’m all about kindness, and love where you live. I’m not too far away, just over the border. Susie sent me, and glad I checked out your post.


  8. Its always better to be nice. It’s not hard to give a compliment and be respectful, right? Isn’t it a sad view of our times when people are surprised by kindness?

    Dropping by from Susie’s blog party!


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