Blessed is he who speaks a kindness; thrice blessed is he who repeats it.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
- Arabian proverb
Spreading goodwill that can return to you
This quote can be read in a few ways, and all of them are worth thinking about. First, complimenting and encouraging others is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to be a positive force in someone's life. As long as you're sincere, repeating that encouragement as often as possible can have effects that far outweigh the effort. Countless people have exceeded their own expectations just because others believed in them. Second, giving positive feedback works even better if done publicly. Take those kind words and repeat them until everyone knows the great things that this person is doing. Third, we've all had kindnesses bestowed on us in word and deed. In return for that favor, it's up to us to repeat that generosity for someone else's benefit. However you read this quote, the point is that there's a kindness out there to be performed. And you're just the person to do it!
This has never been a problem with me. I love to verbalize other people's accomplishments. But, let me tell you, if I give you a compliment, it is deserved.