Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Nicest Thing

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.

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