Another journalling question from Cheaper by the Dozen.
What is the nicest thing someone has recently said to you? Why did the compliment matter?
After a day of meetings at my new job, a co-worker popped her head into the library and said, "I appreciate you."
I have no idea what prompted her to say it. I am always self-conscious after events like that one, afraid that I talked too much, feeling a little like an outsider still, wondering where I fit in.
This is a woman I hold in high regard. She has scads of experience that she offers in a gracious, helpful way. She is a professional, taking her role - but not herself - seriously. She is organized. She follows and enforces the rules. She is classy. And she said she appreciates me.
I don't know if it was prompted by something I did or something I said or if it was just a general word of encouragement, but I really appreciated it.