It’s the Little Things

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.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. The little things do mean the most, and it can also be such a delightful to hear little things. See, this is why I love to communicate with anyone who’s willing to just ramble about anything. Bringing up this and that, having decent conversations. The world has developed greater technology, and kids/teens are so devoted to technology that they’re missing the real deal here. I think it’s just so much to ask for a face-to-face conversations, but I tell you, it is the best thing ever. Compliments, little talks, there is so much more you can do rather than sitting down, having your eyes glued onto the screen, and use your thumbs to type these letters that forms words. I think I rather give a person compliment physically then over social media.

    I love this blog you wrote. It means so much that at least there’s still people who are nice enough to compliment with means. 🙂

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    1. randinowickirmt says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Human connection is so important. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. I love the way you think and move through the world…and, as I could tell before I’d even read your post, you are a fantastic writer…genuine and a breath of fresh air. Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    By the way, I am the queen of random compliments to strangers (and those I know). 🙂

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