I have a question for everyone: When was the last time you complimented someone. Not in a bloggy sense, or a "yes dear, that looks nice" kinda way, but a random compliment to a random stranger.
I don't do it enough. A few years ago I put it as one of my new year's resolutions but it never really got anywhere. It's quite a difficult judgement call - will this person take it as the genuine compliment that it is, or will they think I'm being insincere?
I try to be quite random in my compliments. I shy away from personal stuff - no mention of how people are looking from me. But last week I complimented a lady on her signature - it was a very busy day at work and I told her that she had done one of the best matches to the back of a credit card I had seen in a long time. To which she replied that that was the best compliment she had recieved in ages, and that it would stay with her all day.
Was it a really good compliment? I don't think so... I certainly didn't debate on saying it for a second. I saw the two signatures, saw they were pretty much identical (they are often so different as to be completely unrecognisable) and congratulated her on that fact. But this spontaneity made it genuine, and I'm glad it made her happy.
I'm going to try to do more random, genuine compliments. I spend most of my time thinking nice stuff* and I think maybe if I share it, other people will be thinking nice stuff too.
And now, another round of random good things.
I like mini projects. Something I can complete in a night to distract me from the fact that I have four basted sandwiches that need quilting.
I like going back to the expensive chocolate I usually eat after a week eating random easter stuff.
I like going into a fabric shop with a definite list and not buying too much on top of it.
I like little blue cards in the post office box to say I have a parcel to collect.
I like getting out half my fabric stash and seeing where the new stuff fits in.
I like patches of blue in a cloudy sky.
I like roast chicken sandwiches.
I like fresh cans of coke.
I like crusty bread.
I like being bi-measuremental, when I have to be.
I like reruns of old TV shows on the digital channels.
I like how fast my iron heats up.
I like the sizzley sound it makes when I iron fabric I've just sprayed with my water bottle.
*Though recently I've spent a lot of time trying to define the difference between different brands of cola. That's been really hard, and I'm not too far off of giving up. Currently I'm at something like "Coke is good, Pepsi is okay but only if you're having KFC, and everything else is a waste of my valuable tastebuds".