I went for a walk shortly after work yesterday. When I was wandering I found a fountain that sprouted from the concrete floor. I sat and watched in delight (and panic) as I watched small children avoiding the cascading water. It made me smile and every so often I’d laugh out loud. It was peaceful to just sit and observe.
Making my way home through the crowds and young man stopped me in passing and said…
“You don’t even know how beautiful you are”.
I smiled and suddenly felt deeply embarrassed. I kept walking, without speaking to him. My first reaction was that he was probably just making fun of me…why would someone say that to me out of the blue? Maybe he was on drugs? Maybe I should just learn to accept a compliment!
Getting ready for work (it’s casual Friday). I tried to take a photo that was not contrived or forced. This is the result.
When I was young, my dad used to tell my sister and I; that one day we would grow up to be beautiful. I felt very average so I always thought dad was trying to convince himself we’d grow into something more appealing!
Mike is ALWAYS attracted to me, but my own values for myself well, they aren’t as consistent. When I told Mike what happened. He said “He’s right!”. Funny how a passing comment from a stranger could change my perception of myself, as today I feel pretty good about my looks. (Things are starting to sound a little shallow here!). Anyway, it’s been a little bit of a boost to my self esteem.
Being beautiful on the inside means so much more than being beautiful on the exterior. We live in such a judgemental society.
I did something out of the ordinary on Tuesday. Just because. And it made me feel really good. Just like that guy’s passing comment…I payed it forward.
There had been left overs after a work function. I worried about the waste. So I decided I would try and help someone. I brought two meals with me on my walk and found a trio of homeless people who happily accepted the free food.
When I lived in Toronto, I would carry granola bars on me just incase I found someone who looked like they might need something to eat, I think I’m going to start doing the same thing here in Perth.
Have you ever received a compliment from a stranger? What did they say? How did you feel?