Paying it Forward
I rarely give out random compliments, mostly because I always feel like I’m forcing them to compliment me back. I probably feel this way because when people complement me, I feel obligated to quickly pick something to complement them on in return. This makes me feel like I sound insincere which to me is worse than not giving a complement at all.
During lunch one of my co-workers approached me and Christy out of the blue and told us how much she liked our new haircuts. She then mentioned she was paying it forward because someone else earlier in the day complemented her.
Later while returning to my desk from the bathroom, I started talking to another co-worker who had spent a good portion of last year out sick. Her sickness caused her to lose all of her hair. Today her hair is adorable! It’s still very short but her tousled curls and beautiful color look incredible on her and I made sure to tell her about it!
Just like I didn’t stumble through a return complement to the co-worker at lunch, she didn’t make a return complement to me which made me feel even better somehow. I can only hope that now she finds someone else and makes their whole day!