Seniors: Letting People Know

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The other day, quite innocently, I let someone know that she reminded me of a very talented and remarkable actress.  It was spontaneous, uninvited, but quite sincere and free of motive.  I just wanted to let her know that my perception of her was quite positive.  Her response seemed to be one of being moved, complimented and maybe a bit embarrassed.  But the deed was done and it was out there. 

My sense is that letting people know is a good thing.  Letting them know that they are special, deserving of notice, that others observe and appreciate them adds to their own self esteem.  What’s wrong with that?  It costs nothing, but minor effort, a little courage or audacity, and the willingness to take a small risk. The outcome likely produces an opening for a new acquaintance, the developing relationship of a new friend, the open door to other intersections when life’s simplicities may be shared.

Letting others know is not a bad way to start any day.  What if you remember to say “excuse me,”  “may I help you,” “how are you feeling today” (and really mean it), “you look particularly sparkly today,”  and so on?  What do you suppose such thoughtfulness and caring of expression will do for someone else?  And, do you expect it may even add an extra spring to your own step?

Here are some suggestions for letting people know you observe and appreciate them:

  • You really look bright and shiny today!
  • That color compliments your face so well!
  • I haven’t seen you in forever, and I really miss you!
  • I love talking with you; your positive attitude is contagious!
  • I always feel uplifted when we’re together!
  • You are a bright spot in my life!
  • Your smile is so sunny!


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