"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Compliment a Woman

The project:
Give an honest compliment to a woman.


Why bother?
This morning, while at the theater for a family matinee, the girls and I ran into a friend we don't see often enough. Though she has more children than I do and a busy calendar, she always manages to look fantastic. Before we went our separate ways (we in search of adjacent seats, she headed to the lobby) I told her as much.

Funny...I didn't think of it as a charitable deed until later when she found us in the theater and told me that compliment was definitely today's good deed. (Our local paper ran a story over the weekend about A Year of Living Charitably. Word is getting around!)

Worth it?
Absolutely. I think too many people are so afraid that simple compliments will send some "wrong message" that they simply keep to themselves. What a shame! A compliment can be simply that; and I find that most of the time people appreciate being noticed.

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