Thursday, March 19, 2020

Twenty-Six Lists - You're Doing A Good Job! - #twentysixlists

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Welcome to Twenty Six Lists! I hope you'll join me in using some fun List prompts for writing. Every other week I'll share a writing prompt and invite you to link up your list, and wherever the prompt takes you. You may want to simply make a list of five or ten items that answer the prompt, or you may elaborate on the items in your list, or even write an entire article. Be creative, and have fun!

Have you ever noticed that some people are just really good at giving compliments? I have a couple of friends I can think of that have a special gift for being kind and encouraging and always speaking something positive to others. They are the people that notice that you got your hair done or that you've got a new outfit, they recognize the hard work you invested in a project, or they can choose the right moment to remind you to keep up the good work. I'm not sure if it comes naturally to them, or if they've consciously honed their ability. I suspect a bit of both.

I wish I was better at giving compliments and being an encourager. I have to make an effort to speak (or write) those words. I notice and appreciate those good things, but I'm not that great at voicing the compliments. For this list, I thought about the kinds of compliments that are the most meaningful to me, and that I think are most meaningful to others. And I hope I'll remember to be generous and genuine with the kind words and kudos.

List #6 - Best Compliments
  1. You are so kind/helpful/generous/caring. I don't know about you, but when someone compliments me on a character trait that is also a fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23), that means the world to me. It means that the Holy Spirit is working in me, because that's the only way I can be those positive things! 
  2. Thank you for your hard work/You're doing a great job! There are times when we pour a lot of time and energy into doing something that doesn't turn out as planned. Practicing and preparing for a performance that gets cancelled (like so many these days!), persevering over the long haul when it seems like two steps forward and three steps back, or putting in hours that are mostly behind the scenes and are unnoticed by many. When someone acknowledges that effort and applauds it or says "keep up the good work!" it is such a boost!
  3. You must be so proud of your kids. I love hearing good things about my kids, and I think every parent is the same. I mean, they're our pride and joy and when they make a good impression on others, we moms (and dads) like to bask in the reflected light. When they are little tykes, we love hearing how cute they are. We act like we're shocked, but isn't it such a pat on the back when someone says how well-behaved or polite our pre-teens are? I about burst my buttons when I hear from others that my grown kids are hard workers, good leaders, trustworthy and valuable team members, loyal friends, or using their skills and talents for the Lord. The compliments are for them, but it feels like I must have done something right too.
  4. I enjoy spending time with you/it's fun hanging out with you. These are some of the sweetest compliments, in  my opinion. Knowing that the people I enjoy spending time with also enjoy spending time with me. Getting some reassurance that my kids and their friends actually like me or want me around. Whew! As an extrovert, I need the interaction with people, and it's a relief to know that folks like hanging out with me and that hopefully I'm not annoying or imposing on them! I'm not sure, but I think introverts like this compliment too, but maybe for different reasons? 
  5. That's a great idea! I'm glad you suggested it. This compliment is also a relief, in a sense, because I feel like a lot of my ideas are borderline crazy or unrealistic. When I throw out an idea of something to do or try, sometimes I'm inwardly cringing and wondering why I said that because no one is going to be on board with that and now they're going to think I'm a nut job or something . . . wait . . . you think it's a good idea? You're willing to help me make that happen? Wow! Thank you!!
  6. You have the best laugh/You can always make me laugh. As lovely as it is to receive a compliment about my looks, I actually think I prefer something like this. It's great when someone admires my hair, my eyes, my outfit, or whatever, but I think a compliment on a great smile or infectious laugh speaks a little more to personality than just to appearance. 

I can live for two months on a good compliment. ~Mark Twain

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April 2 - Things that Make You Laugh
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April 30 - Favorite Field Trips
May 14 - How Do You De-stress or Recharge?

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Joanne said...

Those are all fabulous compliments! I am pretty good at giving compliments and will even comment to a stranger when I like their smile, hair, clothes, or accessories.

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