That is something that I am decidedly NOT good at.
But I’m talking in a different context today then you probably expect. Last week, I saw a friend and she said that I looked “incredibly cute today”. As an immediate reaction, I started to protest this and point out my faults.
With a small patient but exasperated smile, my friend said “The correct response is ‘Thank you!’” I floundered and made a joke.
Fast forward to today when I was talking with a corrections officer I have known for years. A wonderful guy – kind and patient and, as a bonus, a Dolphins fan
We were talking about a family he knows whose child just died of a overdose. This is on top of another tragedy that struck that family just a few years ago.
I commented that this should be an example about how some people have such horrible things that they are living with and that I need “to remember that when I’m feeling sorry for myself.”
He asked why I would ever feel sorry for myself. I responded that it is because I often “suck at life” and laughed.
He said to me – matter of factly -that I have a great job where I get to help people every day and I most certainly have saved lives. He continued by saying that I overcame being “overweight” and that I am in a happy marriage. Plus, he said, “You are incredibly pretty.”
You would think that would make me feel great! But it didn’t. It took everything I had – and recalling the situation with my friend last week – to not go on a tirade about how I am NOT pretty and I’ve gained weight and all that type of crap.
But I kept my mouth shut. And tried as hard as I could to just accept the compliment.
I wonder why accepting compliments like that is so incredibly hard for me. To the point where I am almost sick to my stomach uncomfortable when people compliment me like that.
I am wondering if any of you that are reading have ever felt that way and if you have learned to overcome it. I would really love to know…