The Power Our Words Hold
Today's contest topic in the Hive Learners community is actually a good one because when it comes to getting complimented, I don't think we Nigerians are really good at it. It's either people are too shy to give a good compliment or the person receiving the compliment sometimes might misunderstand and think you're hitting on them (I'm talking about the opposite sex).
But none of those two has ever prevented me from complimenting someone because it always gives me great pleasure to see someone smile even for a few seconds just because I compliment their looks or their beauty or anything else worth complimenting. Seeing them smile is enough satisfaction for me.
Though when it comes to me and getting complimented, I think it's safe to say that I don't really get enough of those. I know it's kinda sad that the guy who enjoys complimenting people doesn't get that much love in return but I guess it's just the way the world works. Just because you're a good person doesn't mean everyone has to be good to you in return and that is why when you choose to be good, you should do it solely because you want to and not what you expect to get in return.
Well like I said, I don't really get much but one time I did get complimented and I probably won't be forgetting it in a while was the day I went to this grocery store to get some stuff and this dude walked in there and told me I was handsome. Now I know it's probably not the kind of compliment a lot of you guys were expecting and I'm laughing real hard just thinking about y'all facial expression as you read this but for some reason, getting complimented by a guy (who I feel wasn't gay) was just something else.
The lady at the counter was as surprised as I was because she had overheard him say it and we all just kinda had a laugh about it before I walked out. I had just gotten a clean haircut that day so I feel that was what made me more handsome than usual, lol.
Now that was a compliment I got from a total stranger, but one I most probably will never forget (I don't think I can call it my greatest compliments ever because I feel like I haven't gotten that yet) was the compliment I got about seven days ago, and it had come from my dad.
My dad had called to know how I was doing in school and we just ended up talking for a very long time and just before I ended the call, he just started saying some really nice things about me to me and complimenting almost everything I've been doing. I immediately knew for a fact that my old man was proud of me and that gave me all the morale and adrenaline I need to keep on pushing and doing what's right.
At the end of the day, I will like to say that we really should try to compliment people and say good things to them every now and then because our words are very powerful and can entirely turn someone's bad day into one of the best days they've ever had.