I had to stop myself twice today, because people that I hardly know put forth the effort and took the time out of their day to compliment me and I am embarrassed to admit that both times instead of stopping, looking the person in the eye, smiling and sincerely thanking them for their kindness,
(head hung low)
1) I said a quick thanks and went on about my day and 2) I asked them why they were generous with their compliments toward me.
I wasn’t born yesterday.
I was taught good manners.
I don’t tolerate similar behavior out of my son, my adopted children or even guests in my home.
So why did I spend all day being respectful and thankful to my colleagues and then behave so poorly in my personal life?
Perhaps it is the same reason that we sleep in the day of our big interview, schedule appointments with other professionals and stand them up, or forget about important family holidays until the very last minute, or cower out of attending that funeral.
Do you know the reason?
Have you guessed?
We are all human.
All we have are the days of our lives and the people that we share them with. But we cannot be in more than one place at a time (even with social media and other marvelous forms of technology) and we cannot be everything we want to everyone we desire. However, we can stop and take inventory from time-to-time and attempt to make right the things we have done wrong, insincere thanks among them.
Therefore, unnamed day-care lady who comes to work daily and deals with mine and dozens of other children without thanks, thank you very much! Thank you for taking care of mine and others’ children and thank you for saying that you like my shirt and like the colors!
Also, a special thank you to @IngridElfver! Back at you: You are SIMPLY AMAZING! WOW!!