Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Is it really better to give than to receive?
Just a few nice words.....go a long way.
I decided that since I can't get all of my social media friends a gift this holiday season, I would leave them a comment on their facebook wall instead. I dubbed it "Drive-By Facebooking". I wasn't sure if it was a good idea then realize, uh hello, I'm pretty cool so why wouldn't this be a good idea? =)
I have a few friends in there. Once I started I realized, geez this could take a while. So I'm spacing it out over the course of the weekend. I haven't had time to write on everyone's wall yet. But the response so far? Exactly what I expected. People love to hear kind words written about them. Of course they do. Why wouldn't it make ones day to discover an unexpected, kind message in Facebook?
I've told friends before that kind words go a long way. I know it sounds cliche, but I don't care. If you take just a few minutes, seconds even, to say something nice to someone, it has the potential to totally change their day. Words are powerful, if you think otherwise you're kidding yourself. This of course can go both ways. Negative comments go just as far as positive comments. Those that know me well know which side I live on.
Here's the deal. None of us know what each other is going through. A total stranger might appear to be the happiest person on the planet, when, in reality, they are sad over some unfortunate circumstance in their life. If we begin to understand this, would it help at all to have us start to be kind? It's not like it's hard work. It just takes a few words. "You're awesome" "I love what you're wearing" "I think you do that amazingly well" "it's going to get better"....I can go on.
I'm going to continue with my quest until it's complete.
And I'm starting to think it makes me feel better than the recipient. Is it really better to give than to receive?
I'll see you soon!
PS My mom is visiting. Translation: I have my own personal chef, everything in my apartment is in order, and I get to take her to all of my favorite Dallas places. It's pretty fabulous. Especially the awesome Breakfast venues. Breakfast at Tiffanys isn't always at Tiffanys. It's just.....wherever I happen to be.