Last Sunday I saw a lady in the grocery store who was wearing a beautiful dress and she glowed wearing it. I smiled at her and thought how lovely the dress was. Later in the day, I wondered why I didn’t just tell her so. Maybe because she was a stranger. Maybe because it was really none of my business. Maybe because people hand out criticisms far more than we do compliments. American writer Mason Cooley said,
“We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.” If you give a child a compliment, whether you tell him his glasses suit him or tell her that her new red shoes are pretty, you will get a smile in return. It’s probably the same with us grownups too if we let it be. Whatever the reason, the next time a compliment for a stranger or a friend crosses my mind, it will also cross my lips.