A stranger at the store made my day this week.
Ciera and I went to the store Wednesday afternoon, and as always I was in a rush. I started out the day running late with no make up and my hair undone, and even managed to forget an important appointment earlier that day. I got an email from someone that morning who inferred I wasn’t doing my job well and I was just overall grumpy. But, a random stranger outside the store managed to turn my entire day around with just a few kind words.
“I really like your outfit!” she said as I got out of my car. I offered a thanks for the kind words and went around to get Ciera out of the car.
She followed up by saying, “I know, people think I’m weird.”
I told her, “Heck no, I appreciate the compliment!” Then she told me how pretty my daughter was, and I couldn’t help but smile.
The interaction made me think. Why would a kind woman think she is weird for making a stranger feel good about herself? The more I thought about it, I realized I never say the things I think out loud for fear of someone not taking my compliment as I meant it.
I’m the type of person to think to myself, “Ohhh I love her hair!” But, why don’t I ever say it? Do you?
I’m going to challenge myself, and the person reading this, to offer a compliment to a stranger. I was in the midst of a bad day, and five little words helped me turn the day around.
Sabrina is the editor of the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached at email@example.com.