It was my one day off yesterday and like usual I chatted with Susan. At one point she asked me if I planned on writing any fiction-y stuff. I honestly wasn’t sure because it’d been a while since I’d done any writing and didn’t know where to start. Kind of like figuring out where to start if you haven’t exercised in a long time.
Well, we chatted a little more and she went on to tell me (which I’m paraphrasing) that I’ve got something unique to say and she’d hate to see it go to waste. A quick compliment within a normal conversation, but what a HUGE effect it had.
Susan’s one of the few who’s had the benefit (hopefully it’s a benefit) to hear a lot of my wacky ideas and numerous opinions on stuff. So when she tells me I’ve got something to say, it carries a lot of weight. There are a two reasons for this.
1. She doesn’t compliment just to say something nice and I appreciate that because I feel like I earned it. It’s the difference between winning first place or getting the blue ribbon for participating.
2. She’s not looking for anything in return. I think some people will do a nice thing and then taint it by expecting reciprocation. Don’t get me wrong, the volleying of nice gestures is awesome when it happens naturally, but if the motive is reciprocation, the whole thing is ruined.
Anyway, it put me in a real good mood all day and I thought I’d share.
Ever have something like that happen to you?