Last Monday I had a case of the blues. No real justification for it, other than the fact that it was MONDAY. Thanks to a good night’s sleep and some amazing friends, I was able to recover from these blues quickly. In the midst of my blue Monday a cherished friend gave me the following advice “See how many people at work you can make a nice comment to and see their reaction”. This idea intrigued me. Wouldn’t making the day better for my coworker’s be a wonderful way of improving my own day? I pondered this for a while and decided on a plan. For an entire day, I would try to say something nice to every person I came in contact with. As is usually the case with an experiment such as this, I learned more than I had anticipated.
The first thing that I learned was totally unexpected but was in all actuality something that I already knew. We as people are much too busy. The most difficult part of this experiment was getting people to slow down enough for me to say something nice to them. Everyone seemed to be in such a hurry to get somewhere or to do something. I practically had to chase after some of them to get a few nice words in. Think of how much we miss by being in too much of a hurry. I am going to make an effort to slow down, pay attention more and enjoy this journey we call life.
The second thing that I learned was that people react to compliments very differently. Some people tried to turn the compliment into a joke refusing to accept it. Others were very gracious and politely thanked me. Still others seemed to literally gush with gratitude in response to a few kind words directed their way. The responses of my coworkers reminded me of the power that a few kind words can wield.
The third thing that I learned from this experiment is that if you are looking for the good in someone that is exactly what you will find. As I searched for something nice to say about each person that I encountered, I was forced to focus on the positive things about that person. While I normally try to look for the good in people, this experiment caused me to look deeper. I made a sincere effort to consider each person’s positive attributes and traits and to look beyond the superficial. I came away with a greater appreciation and a more positive attitude towards those I work with.
So this week which began with a case of the blues ended with gratitude for blessings received and lessons learned. I am grateful for good friends that inspire, uplift and motivate me, and for the reminder that we are blessed as we reach out to uplift others.