Today I read this post by ASM. She quoted a paragraph by Ned Hardy which made me think about something.
A couple Sundays ago, Joe, Ethan and I were walking into the grocery store. There was an older black woman walking past me and she caught my eye. She looked lovely in what I assumed was her church attire. It wasn't an outfit I would ever wear, but it looked amazing on her. The colors were perfect on her. So without even thinking, I leaned in her direction and said, "I love your outfit. It looks great on you." She smiled and said, "Oh thank you." Joe said to me, "I bet you just made her day."
Part of that Ned Hardy paragraph said, "Make someone's day." The rest of the paragraph was awesome, but this one line just stuck out to me. Why? I don't know. But I think it's spot on. I think we should all try, in even the smallest way, to make someone's day. Even if it's a random stranger with a nice shirt or boots or hair style. I think with all of the animosity out there among women, it wouldn't hurt if you're a woman and tried complimenting a random woman you see while you're out.
Don't we all think these things anyway? I mean, when you're out and about and you see something on someone that you like, don't you think it? "Oh those boots are awesome!" or "I really like her make up." Whatever it may be, we all think those things, just as we think the opposite, "She has no business wearing jeans that are 4 sizes too small for her." or "Someone needs to tell that dude that short shorts went out in the 70's." Of course you shouldn't say the negative things, because that defeats the purpose. But the positive? Let the person know. You don't have to sit and have a conversation, just say it in passing, with a smile on your face.
Those little gestures go a long way.
I hope I did make that lady's day. I hope that she continued to walk out of that grocery store with a smile on her face. I hope that who ever reads this decides to give a random stranger a compliment today.
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