Take a moment and think. How many times has the smallest gesture from someone else completely made your day? A comment on your blog, a quick email or facebook message, or even just a sincere verbal compliment. The result: A huge goofy grin that doesn’t leave your face for hours….all because of something that only took someone less than 30 seconds to do.
Now think about this….how often do you think something nice and keep it to yourself? Maybe you’re like me…..A BLOG STALKER. I am always reading blogs and thinking “Wow, that’s pretty!” or…. “Dang, you go girl”. But 9 times out of 10, I click away without saying a word.
What good are those kind words if you only keep them to yourself?
And why is it that negativity spreads like wild fire? I am just sick, over a recent debacle with an entrepreneur in the photography industry whom I admire greatly. There are others in the industry who disagree with an approach he has and are making sure the world knows it. Speaking your mind is fine, on a subject you feel strongly about. But the time and effort wasted this past week, not only making digs at his approach, but slandering him on a personal level is enough to make me want to shut off social media completely. Okay….I feel as if I have rambled now…. My point is, all this recent commotion has put even more urgency on presenting this challenge. There is no shortage of people putting their negative feedback into words….it’s time to make an effort to do just the opposite.
If you read my Spread your light post, this concept may sound veryyyy familiar. I wanted to take the opportunity to turn the challenge from that post into something bigger…. A month long challenge!
For the entire month of April, I am going to make a conscious effort to verbalize EVERY compliment that crosses my mind.
Because I am so involved in social media….this is going to mostly apply to my activities on Facebook and Twitter. So, to keep myself even more dedicated to it, I am eliminating my use of the “Like” button on Facebook for the duration of this challenge. I am the queen of “liking” and often, I think I translate my whole sentiment into a click of the like button. Convenient….yes, but impersonal.
Of course this will still extend beyond social media, to “real life” as well. Ya know….telling the girl in the grocery store that I like her purse…that kind of thing.
It is a small challenge. But even the smallest gesture can make a difference. I would LOVE for you to join me! If you are going to spread the love along with me for the month of April, leave a comment below letting me know. (See how I’ve already got you practicing that commenting stuff?! Smart, eh?) And invite your friends to join you too!
Being the dog lover that I am, I couldn’t resist closing out with one of my favorite quotes…..
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