Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to receive a compliment? We deflect. We defer. We downplay our own participation, or efforts, or skills. We say “Oh, it was nothing.”
My brother-in-law, Jamie, is from the deep south. He told me a story once about how, as a young man, an older lady gave him a compliment. He mumbled and stumbled, trying to figure out how to respond. Finally, the lady said, “Son, just say ‘Thank you Ma’am.'”
It strikes me that the same thing happens often with gifts of love. We hem and haw. We don’t know what to say. We blush and deflect and let it slide right by.
Don’t do that today. Today, notice instead.
Notice when someone says something kind to you. Notice when someone sends an act of love — be it large or small — in your direction. Notice the litle ways love is throwing itself at you, begging to be let in. Love is winging it’s way to you. Pay attention.
Just say, “Thank You.”
What acts of love have come your way today or in recent days? What would have gone by unheeded and unwelcomed had you not been paying attention? We’d love to be inspired by the things you notice.
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