I have been going to Copper Sky (our local city fitness center) to workout for almost three months. Unless I'm meeting friends at times that work for them, I'm generally there between 10 a.m. and noon each day. Don't let my daily gym selfie or progress update fool ya, I work hard while I'm there. It is incredibly nice that there are people that notice.
Today, while I was doing some circuit training around the track, two older ladies stopped to say, "You are always in here working so hard. Good for you!" Sometimes it's hard for me to accept compliments. I'm not always the best at just saying, "Thank you." If someone says, "Wow, you look pretty.", I usually say something like, "Aww, that's sweet...if only I weren't so fat." Today, it was much easier to respond and simply say, "Thank you!" Why? Because I know it to be true.
As I was leaving the gym a man stopped me and asked, "We'll see you tomorrow right?" I told him he likely would and he went on to tell me how many people appreciate seeing me each day and what an inspiration I am to others. He didn't have to say anything. In fact, he initially passed me as we walked by one another. He turned around and caught me to tell me that.
There is a guy that works out regularly that greets everyone in his path. He always has a fist bump or a high five to encourage others while they're there. He's the type willing to give advice when wanted, or there to offer help if needed. From day one, he's made me feel welcome in a place that I didn't particularly feel comfortable.
I'm often the one that smiles and nods but doesn't necessarily say anything to strangers because I don't want to interrupt their flow. I think I'll try to change that up and follow the example of those mentioned above. I know it makes a huge difference in my day to hear that others can see a change in me. Sometimes it's hard for us to see them ourselves.
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless." - Mother Teresa