Last week, I had one of those days. You know the kind... when you perfect the art of juggling it all, when your to-do list seems to get longer by the hour, and the best laid plans go awry. I was out and about, running errands, Christmas shopping, thinking about business, friends and family, the sad times some are going through, and how I can possibly make a difference, when I walked into the Hair Affair in Ellicott City.
*At this point I have to shout-out to my favorite hairdresser, the fabulous Michele! I've been going to Michele for a few years now, after my previous hair dresser took it upon herself to chop off my hair. True story. Michele was recommended to me, and has taken great care of me, and my children, ever since. She makes you feel welcome. She listens. She cares. And you get a moment to breathe, to pause, to let that to-do list be - and your hair will feel and look gorgeous, too! If you need a stylist in Ellicott City, please call Michele at the Hair Affair.*
I had almost canceled my appointment with Michele because of everything that needed my time and attention that day, but I am so glad I didn't. With a million things running through my mind, and my eyes glued to my phone scanning through my in-box, I walked into the salon and the first thing I hear is, I love your boots! It took a moment until it registered that these were my boots that were being admired. And it didn't stop there... I received many more compliments while I was at the Hair Affair, and each one had an impact. It made me feel good. It made me smile.
Now neither my boots, my purse, nor my scarf were anything special, but that is not the point. The point is that in those moments as I am mentally going through a check-list, as I am thinking about a million things but the present moment, these compliments made me pause. They made me appreciate the stranger who took the time to tell me instead of just silently thinking the thought. They made me focus on the moment instead of worrying about the day ahead. These compliments were random, but genuine, and that is what makes them so powerful!
I walked out of the salon smiling, ready to tackle the rest of my day and to-do list - and with fabulous looking hair, too!
The point is, you never know what somebody's day is like, what news the stranger in line ahead of you just received, the worries on peoples' minds. A simple but genuine compliment can have a big impact. It can make a moment, or a day. It can lighten the load for a second. It can lead to smiles.
So I am going to make a conscious effort to be more present, to be more generous with the compliments I hand out, to not only notice things but to point them out. Please join me! Let's not just silently admire an outfit, hair-do, accessory, smile, color, shoes, purse, car, laugh, ... but compliment out loud. It's powerful and will lead to smiles.