The past few days have been really blah. Various work and financial related stresses have been piling up (join the club, right?), I’ve been in pain and not sleeping soundly, and it has all been so overwhelming that my motivation has dropped to zero. I haven’t even gone to the gym.
Last night I took a “nothing night”: a period of time that I set aside just to veg. I do this from time to time.
I spent that time on the computer, browsing other WordPress sites run by fellow Winnipeggers. What I found was so assuring; there are people out there who love Winnipeg and winter and culture and art and local music and a sense of community just as much as I do. It is a wonderful feeling.
This morning, I woke up feeling positive. It is Friday, I have a full weekend ahead of me, and it looks as though the sun will never leave again.
The peak of my day (yes, the peak) was on my commute to work. I stopped by the Tim’s drive-thru on St. Mary’s to get an iced capp and as I handed my money over, the girl at the window–without hesitation–said to me, “I love your glasses.”
Immediately I smiled, and thanked her of course. It’s easy to forget how awesome little compliments can feel. As she handed my change to me, she added, “That’s my favourite colour.” I drove away feeling genuinely wonderful. The first thing I wanted to do was compliment a stranger.
Imagine how much better life would be if strangers more readily complimented one another, shared stories at the bus stop, or simply smiled. I would like to urge everyone to try and compliment a stranger today– but only if you mean it, of course. There’s a good chance you could make someone’s day.
Even though the little stresses that piled up had begun to weigh me down, all it took was one little sentence to lift me back up.