Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Just Say 'Thank You'
I found myself in the middle of a truth bomb yesterday afternoon. Let me treat you to a little readers' theater:
Rebecca: "Sara, you look great!"
Sara: "Well, I've still got..."
Rebecca (gently but firmly): "Just say 'Thank you.'"
Wait, what? Not qualify a compliment with a laundry list of reasons that the compliment is null & void? Not offer an escape route to the giver of said compliment? Not laugh openly in the face of flattery? I'm confused.
I've known Rebecca for a long time & she has a heart of gold & knows a fair bit about the process of changing your body...& she's kept up her changes for a long time! I also know that she has probably struggled with the same feelings of unworthiness in the wake of a sincere compliment, not just because she has lost weight, but because she is human. It was so fantastic of her to call me on my bologna & remind me that the best thing to do in the face of a sincere compliment is to appreciate it for what it is & show my gratitude outwardly by saying thank you & inwardly by believing it.
New Sara: "Thank you."