Do you ever think amazing compliments about people and not say them?
Like, for example, you'll walk by somebody on the street or run into a neighbor or read someone's blog...and THINK...
"Wow! She has the warmest, prettiest smile." (That's Stephanie of Adventures in Babywearing)
Or "She totally has the gift of encouragement." (That's Nini of Lettner Livin')
Or "Oh.My.Goodness. Is it even possible for someone to be more creative than her? She astonishes me." (That's Dana of MADE)
Or "Mercy! She has a way with words!" (That's Sarah of Emerging Mummy)
Or, "Her sense of style has cool written all over it." (That's Leigh of Marvelous Kiddo)
Lately, I've been trying to remember to "just say it." Out Loud.
Whenever someone or something strikes me as being beautiful, extraordinary, or sublime - I don't want that little nugget of goodwill to be lost. Because I know that..."kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless" (Mother Teresa).
So...if you like a person's yellow jacket or their sparkly teeth or their radiant personality, say so. If you notice a person's gentle parenting techniques or spotless bathrooms or humility, stop and use your words (not just your mind).
Let's fill this world with endless echoes of kindness. You with me?