Today, I will tell 5 people I know that they're awesome for being understanding and considerate.
I had an epiphany while walking to class today: life's too short to be withholding positives to myself.
I wanted to show appreciation to those in my life who have been very patient with me, and considerate of my temper, among other things.
But just before composing this, I wondered if I had an ulterior motive with this stunt. Sidebar: You know, being marketers, your every move has to be calculated and motivated by a desired result, so being able to play chess is a plus.
I was wondering if I'm making people feel good about themselves, through this peer's approval, so I can gain social capital. It could seem like a pretty ingenious idea, if I hadn't stated it so obviously. And it actually sounds workable, if only I'd said them to friends instead of family. Yeah, 3 out of 5 were family members. They took my shit the most and the longest.
That said, what have I gained? What are the results of my small action of love/generosity?
Everyone's happy! People are happy, I'm happy, non-recipients joined in the chatter. Sidebar: this would make for a great social media advertising method. It feels so utopian. Success!
I think it's something I'm going to be doing more often now.
To everyone else, don't fret if I didn't pick you. It doesn't mean you're not understanding or considerate.