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Give A Compliment, Get A Compliment

If you haven’t watched this video, do so, and see if warm tinglies don’t creep from your heart up to your smile muscles. Who knows, you might even cry.

The concept is so simple. Give a compliment, get a compliment.

  • 1 phone booth
  • 1 giant pair of Beats by Dre
  • 2 curious passers-by

I love how, when the opportunity presented itself, these people happily derailed their plans to take a moment and share spontaneous words of appreciation. The statements were so raw, and that’s what made them fantastic.

“The compliment I want to give you today, that I’ve never said to you before, is your awareness of other people and how nice you are to everyone in the room.”

A teary-eyed father opened up to his son for the first time. Life-long friends exchanged compliments that neither had ever heard.

It’s obvious, based on the relationships, that these people had hundreds of opportunities before this day to share their feelings, and perhaps they had in some capacity, but it wasn’t until they were provided with this platform that they opened their hearts on such a deep level.

They needed a push. Read More…

No man is an island

Other than being locked inside of a bird sanctuary, I can think of no torture worse than solitary confinement. The thought of being in isolation is nightmarish.

It’s not that spending time alone is horrible. On occasion, we all need to step away from the noise to reflect in silence or read a good book. But even the act of reading is conversational, a kind of time travel dialogue between creator and consumer. The same could be said of music and film. Still, not even the transcendent power of the arts can replace the need for loving physical presence.

We are relational beings by nature. Nothing good ever comes from extended isolation.

Much of the violence, poverty and substance abuse in society can be traced, in part, to the absence of supportive parents and mentors. Obviously, there are several elements at play, but prisons are bursting with men and women with absentee fathers or mothers.

Clinics are busy treating grossly underweight individuals literally starving for a feeling of acceptance.

Transient men and women seek shelter in our streets unnoticed.

Many students walk through crowded halls feeling alone. Some look to death for solace.

It is not good for man to be alone. – God Read More…

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