“If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.”
I immediately loved this quote when I first heard it. I cannot count the number of times that a simple compliment or statement from a friend, loved one or even a stranger has made a difference in my day.
Growing up we are often told “if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all” and while that may be an important lesson to hold back negative and hurtful comments, I think it is equally important that we are taught to share compliments and positive remarks with others.
When you see the beauty and good in someone else, tell them. Let them know that you see the effort they are making and that you appreciate them. Whether this is someone’s style, grace, etiquette, or act of kindness, take the time to express your admiration and appreciation.
There is no harm in expressing this gratitude towards another. It could potentially make a grand difference to that person. Everyone we pass is fighting their own battle, big or small. Expressing positive thoughts towards someone who you see the beauty in or witness doing something wonderful might be just what they need to help them push on a little longer.
Truly take the time to witness the beauty and good that you see in others. Let them know that it isn’t going unnoticed and that you are grateful to witness their beauty and kindness.
Also, if you are unfamiliar with Ruthie Lindsey (the author of this quote) read about her story. She is truly a remarkable person and while I do not know her personally I am thankful to have learned from her perseverance and joyful way of living.
Photo: Taylor Cannon Photography