I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are— particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.
When you start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay around people who don’t.
i appreciate people who take their time when they speak. who pause and think when they need to. who aren’t afraid of silence. it means that they are being intentional about what they are about to say. take your time, speaking too quickly can be dangerous.