I hope you saw me on the running path around one of our scenic urban lakes today. If you did, you probably won’t forget me anytime soon, because I handed you a notepad of Post-Its and paid you a compliment.
Some of you smiled in recognition when I mentioned the wishing tree. Some of you humored me like your dotty Aunt Susie, the one who always insists on kissing you, even though she’s missing her top plate. I hope all of you lifted off the page with your compliment and made it to this page (click the photo to enlarge):
And I hope you all decided to help. All twenty-five of you. Because if you did, then you plucked off that second page and found this page, and it’s the reason I’m talking to you right now:
I want you to take your pad home, or back to your office or school, or into the warm confines of your car and write a warm, genuine compliment for someone else. It might be for someone you know–your child, a coworker, your spouse, or a friend. It might be for someone you don’t know. Someone you saw struggling on their run this morning, someone trying to wrangle two kids into a grocery store, or someone who just looked like they could use a smile.
And when you’re done writing that compliment, take this page…
And this page…
And return them to the blank stack of Post-It notes. Like this:
The place your compliment on top…
And give your targeted friend, loved one, or stranger the whole kit and kaboodle. Like this:
Then let’s see what happens. There are one hundred notes in a stack of Post-Its. If every person who receives a compliment forwards their stack to another person, we’ll create 2,450 compliments. (Minus fifty for the two instruction notes! Pay attention, y’all!)
How many smiles do you think that would yield? I like to think smiles for every person receiving a compliment, smiles for the people giving them, and smiles for all of you reading this who are thinking about grabbing a blank stack of Post-Its and starting a compliment chain of your very own.
What do you say? Are you on board with me?
If you received one of my notes today, please leave a comment (down below). You can tell us what your compliment said or keep it to yourself. Just let us know this little project of ours is working, okay? Thanks! (See? One more smile!)