I went to the gym this morning. Yep, I did the 10:30 a.m. centergery class with some of my girlfriends. I noticed a woman in front of me. She had lovely legs. Since I’m nearly 47 years-old, my legs certainly aren’t what they used to be! I only wish I would have appreciated what I had when it looked great. So, after class I approached the woman, who is probably a decade younger than I. I said, “You have such beautiful legs!” she undramatically responded, “Oh, huh… Thanks, but they have a lot of scars from sports injuries…” Was her response humility or her own sense of inferiority? I suspect the later. Nonetheless, her response made me sad.
I realize I often am guilty of the same behavior. When someone compliments me, I quickly find fault with myself and why their perception is incorrect. We women tend to do this more often than men. Yes – it’s a stereotype, I own it. But, have you ever complimented a man and they enthusiastically say “Thanks!” They don’t give you 20 reasons why your compliment is inaccurate.
What I want to convey is this: Let’s compliment each-other, sincerely of course, and see another’s inner and outer beauty. And, the next time someone compliments you, accept it with graciousness and class by responding with a humble, “Thank you.”