How does it make you feel when someone takes the time to tell you an encouraging word? It feels good, doesn’t it? I’ve felt challenged lately to take the time to look for those moments to encourage and then actually say them. Maybe I’m an optimist, but can you imagine what the world would be like if we all took the time to be kind?
Recently my husband and I flew to South Africa. We checked in at the British Airways counter in Dallas and as we were walking away, I commented to my husband that the agent had to be one of the nicest check-in agents I’d encountered. My husband is very good at speaking encouraging words, so he took the opportunity to go back and compliment the agent on his friendliness. We made it to our gate and eventually started boarding the plane. As they scanned our boarding passes, it beeped, indicating our passes were invalid. “Oh, yes,” the agent smiled. “You have new seat assignments. These are better seats.” I would say an upgrade from coach to business is definitely better!
Just last week my husband and I were enjoying a breakfast date at Mimi’s. As we shared a carrot raisin muffin, my husband commented that the carrot raisin was the best muffin at Mimi’s. Before we left, he told our waitress his opinion on the muffin. She smiled and said, “I’ll bring you another one to take home.”
I don’t know if my husband’s compliment to the agent is what got us better seats, or if the waitress was planning on giving us a muffin anyway, and I’m not saying we should be kind because we might get something. I do, however, believe when we take the time to be kind, that our sincerity is recognized and it moves people to be kind in return.
I challenge you today to look for ways to be kind and then take the time to say them. You might be surprised at the kind of response your words will invoke.
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