I tried an amazing experiment recently. After years of being a greeter at church, and noticing that our church was home to a lot of vibrant, middle-aged women, I asked myself “How many of these women have you told that they’re beautiful?” The answer was a very sad “not many.”
So I decided that, on the following Sunday, I would find something beautiful about every woman over age 30, and compliment them on it. I knew that our congregation was far too large to compliment everyone, so I needed to establish an age limit.
That Sunday, I complimented women on the beauty of their shoes, scarves, hairdos, jewelry, and everything in between. And I meant it.
The result was simply amazing.
Each woman I spoke to welcomed the compliment with a radiant smile. Those that walked in with their heads hung low, raised them and stood taller. Some that were simply strolling in, gained a little pep in their step.
A woman in her seventies smiled and said “No one has told me I was beautiful since my husband died, ten years ago.” Her comment brought tears to my eyes. I gave her a huge hug.
Another told me that she was depressed and wasn’t going to leave the house that day, but was now glad that she did. I hugged her, too.
The visual change in every woman was immediately noticeable, and very well received and I could tell that it soared far beyond the visual and into their spirit. And the best part of all was the warmth that I felt from bringing happiness to so many, through a simple kind word.
So, sometime this week at work, church, the gym, the grocery store or wherever you might roam, give a sincere compliment to a stranger or someone you know. You might find that you’re the reason they left their house today. They’ll love how it makes them feel and so will you.
My friend, you are beautiful and such a blessing to all who have the honor to know you. Keep up the Good Work! 💕
April- you are amazing! So glad I got to see you today!! You taught me the sky is the limit! You are so right!!!!