Getting an unsolicited compliment vs. our internal dialogue.
If you’re anything like me, when someone says something nice to you or points out something they admire or consider one of your strengths, in a best-case scenario, you smile and say thank you while inwardly beating the fresh compliment to death in your brain. In a worst-case scenario, you beat it to death publicly with excuses, negative counter-points and a torrent of embarrassed declinations.
However, we are often shocked when WE say something nice to someone, genuinely and from the heart, and they refuse the sincere and completely natural compliment.
Maybe they don’t know all of our foibles and awful secrets, but we don’t know theirs either. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve begun to consider that it’s ok to think nice thoughts of yourself for a change.