I have to tell you; this year, we’ve had some CRAZY weather in Missouri! So, right in the middle of our SECOND MAJOR flood, my dad had a stroke. (Don’t worry, he’s fine now.)
We flew back into town to see him, but our flight was delayed. The next day, we tried for 2 ½ hours to get to him…but every route was flooded! I still hadn’t been able to see him, yet, when I got a text from him.
First let me say, my dad is a man of FEW words. (Sometimes, I think my mom and I stole all his words.) It doesn’t mean that he’s not engaged, it just means he’s quiet and his thoughts are mostly on the inside.
He texted, “When I saw you on TV this weekend, it reminded me of when we used to live out by the airport.” (That was 40 years ago.)
“Remember how we built that snowman during a snow storm? We sat you right in the middle and it made me really happy! I love you, Nicole.”
I just busted out with a flood of emotions and started blubbering like a baby!
Maybe you love or are trying to love someone who doesn’t show emotion very well. Sometimes, we think we’re giving them a compliment. “Nice job!” But they don’t even respond because it’s too vague and general.
When we really want to reach that person, emotionally, we need to be SPECIFIC with the details.
“I love that green shirt. That color looks so good on you. It really makes your green eyes stand out!”
Celebrating specific details of a person’s life is what will build relationships, promote closeness and maybe even bring out a FLOOD of EMOTIONS.
At the very least, it will make them feel like, “Hey…you really DO care about me!”
What’s a compliment you received that stuck in your head?
Has that compliment come back to you time and time again as something to lean on?
I want you to write it in the comments below for two reasons.
1 – I want you to hear something good about you today 😊
2- let’s see what kind of compliments really stick with people and mean so much
Tell us yours!