Yeah, I do, I suck at it big time. Whenever I see a post on Facebook about something sad that happens to someone I know, I actually find it terribly hard to know what to say. I do feel sorry, I do feel bad, but somehow saying it online when everybody else has said it looks a bit fake to me. That’s how I feel anyway. Doesn’t mean I don’t actually say anything, but it does feel insincere. Usually, if it’s a close friend, I’d send a private message. I don’t need to show everyone on their friend list that I care. I just know that I do and do it behind closed doors. That’s just me.
But, when it comes to congratulating someone though, it comes so much easier to me. Funny that! I have always loved celebrating other people’s wins and I find complimenting someone else so much easier than receiving a compliment too. Is that strange? I can easily go up to a stranger and compliment on whatever it is that I like at face value but to console someone? I’m sh*t at it. Unless we were in person. That I can easily do.
Speaking of compliments, I was finishing up my Christmas shopping on Friday and had the loveliest most helpful sales person ever. Actually all the sales people were really nice and helpful that Friday. Must have been my lucky day! Anyway, I loved the makeup on the girl that was serving me at Myer so much that I went ahead and told her so. You should have seen the look on her face! The smile, the way her eyes lit up, because I know how much effort it does take to put on makeup. Yes, it’s superficial, but it made her day – or at least her moment. 😉
I had this link come up on my Facebook feed over the weekend and shared it on the Baubles, Bubbles & Bags Facebook page because I thought it was such a wonderful project. Basically, a student conducted a social experiment at school where she filmed and photographed the reactions of her fellow students when she announced that she was taking photos of things that she found beautiful.
The expressions on the subjects faces were priceless. They were surprised, one even thought she was pulling her leg and told her off for saying it, and some were touched that she thought them beautiful. And they were. Or are. The video made me teary, it made me sad in a way because I know that there are so many people that don’t regard themselves as beautiful. And when I say beautiful I mean inside AND out, because I believe that if you’re beautiful on the inside, it’ll come through on the outside.
The video also shows how complimenting someone can make that person’s day. That little bit goes a long way. Try it, you’ll find that it makes you feel good too.
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