Last Wednesday, I navigated through my day in a dismal funk. Work was work and the sadness from Monday was still weighing heavy on me. After work, I moped around my house in sweats, ate a bunch of cheese (it didn’t cheer me up) and used up the last of the Kleenex boxes. I just wanted to crawl into bed and cry when I got an e-mail from a total stranger. My first piece of “fan mail” to be exact.

It was so nice! Really nice. Someone I didn’t even know took time out of their day to pay me a compliment. I actually woke up with a smile on my face Thursday morning. And you know what? That e-mail probably only took 2 minutes to write, but it lingered with me for days, giving me the push I needed to get me through the rest of the week.

So thank-you again, Madeline.

Go give someone a compliment today. Words make all the difference, writes the writer.


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