Cultivating Kind Expressions Add to Creativity
Today’s word-a-day choice is complimentary: adj. 1 of the nature of, conveying, or expressing a compliment, often one that is politely flattering: a complimentary remark. 2. free: a complimentary ticket. Writers often encounter challenges with the second definition. Most often truncated to comp, as in tickets to a theater performance or to a sporting event, these free tickets and activities come at an unspoken assumed price. If an event is comped, then a favorable review is expected. Moreover, big ticket free trips, or junkets, are not allowed by professional media outlets. Legitimate extravagant travel must be covered by the publication or at the expense of the writer.
The Best Way to Respond to Words of Praise
The first definition of the word really pulls at my heartstrings. My father taught me to accept a compliment with grace. Never embellish or diminish words of praise. Simply say Thank you. Practice saying Thank you! in a mirror until it feels natural. In doing so, you enable yourself to absorb the compliment and let the power of the words resonate deeply within your soul. And who doesn’t need to hear more kind words?
The Message of the Expression
Being aware of the compliments that the Universe on each of us is the message behind complimentary: You are surrounded by gifts you often fail to recognize. Be aware of the placement and the brilliance of the appointment of these gifts, which are readily given for your use.
Take our your journal and free-write about how it feels to receive words of praise. Do you take them in well or do you dismiss them? Consider working on saying Thank you! in a mirror until it feels natural.
Here’s to growing your flow,