let us all learn how to take a compliment and take in love
i think people could learn how to take a compliment. compliments are sincere, heartfelt words given by another human being with feelings. have you noticed how infrequently compliments are given? and even less, received. many of us receive a compliment and brush it off. we can’t possibly agree with whatever good thing they have to say about us. but let’s look at it from the other end. the person giving you the compliment. they took a step out toward you. they felt strongly enough about something about you to let you know. they wanted to see your eyes and your reaction when they told you how beautiful you looked, how you responded well in a difficult situation, or how much they like your laugh. then what? you shut them down. you tell them that they’re wrong for loving whatever part of you. this leaves everyone feeling unsatisfied. you hate being complimented for whatever reason and now this person might be less likely to want to compliment someone again because they’ll probably be met with the same resistance. it’s difficult enough to let love out, take a breath and let their love in. accept that they love this seemingly unlovable portion of yourself and respond graciously in return. we’ve all been on both sides of this type of conversation. let’s all contribute to future conversations going better by giving more compliments and practicing the habit of taking in the love.