Elegant Receipt

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Most people I know are sorely challenged to receive a compliment without feeling they must bounce back some equally good thing to the original giver.

Of course, I am included in this clan as well.

Somehow, we just can’t seem to bear our own brightness.

It needs watering down to be palatable.

False humility is so often mistaken for actual humility.

Really- I think we are just chickens about resting in our light. Or we don’t believe it and we make the compliment giver into the fool and everyone loses.

I was in a line this morning at Starbucks and the man in front of me caught my eye.

I just drank him in like the cool glass of water he was;

Posture comfortably balanced, 50ish and tanned with Paul Newman blue eyes, cool but casual dresser in what used to be called “leisure wear” but I’m not cool enough to know the hipper name for it..athletic but not overly muscled, present, kind looking.

He sort of owned the ground he walked on in an effortless way managing to seem friendly instead of mobsterish.

I thought: “Wow- he is so handsome.”

Then I thought: “Well- he’d probably like to know that. Why don’t you tell him? What do you have to lose?”

“Excuse me…I just wanted to tell you I think you are an amazingly handsome man.”

He smiled down at me and said “Well- Thank you! I should buy your drink for you!”

“No” I said….”just go about your day and just rest in it.”

“Ok…I’ll do just that. Thank you.”

And we parted.

I felt so relieved my compliment wasn’t muddied up by something sent back my way.

He just elegantly received my observation without making any weird thing out of it.

Something I put out reached its mark and STAYED THERE without being vollied back.


He was big enough to receive and didn’t assume I was coming on to him (which I wasn’t).

Elegant receipt.



4 Responses to “Elegant Receipt”

  1. Rita Kindl Myers on April 21st, 2015

    Love it, a compliment offered sincerely and taken with honour. Thanks for sharing

  2. Barbara McDanirl on April 22nd, 2015

    I love this, and I know just what you mean!

  3. Jenny on April 22nd, 2015

    i love it too.

  4. KK Wilder on April 26th, 2015

    I call this type of thing losing my filter. Society likes us to keep our filter, but I’m glad I’ve lost mine recently. Love the photo – we have lots of mica in Vermont.

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