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Is a Compliment Really a Compliment if it Irks You?

“What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?”

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I was at my hair salon a week ago from today getting a trim before I left for college. The salon I go to is extremely small- 3 hair dresser stations and 2 sinks squished together in a short row as soon as you walk through the beige, chipped double doors.  As I was getting my hair washed by the assistant- a 5’2 blonde woman, a little on the heavier side, and perky as can be- began talking about how she was offended from what a customer had said to her earlier. She explained that a regular customer of the salon’s came in and said to her, “Wow, you look so good!” At first, I was confused as to why she was offended. She began justifying herself, saying things such as, “What, did I not look good before?” I could understand where she was coming from, especially because she had been trying to lose weight. However, she was letting her insecurities get in the way of her judgement.

I never put too much thought into when people compliment me, maybe because it doesn’t happen all that often. Maybe it’s just because I’m not the type of person to allow other people’s opinions bother me. We as a society put too much thought into the meaning behind things. Not everyone is like Gretchen Weiners from Mean Girls, “Oh my God. I love that skirt. Where did you get it?” People usually mean what they say, and say what they mean. I realize these are some large generalizations; I’m just trying have hope for our society.

I hope everyone is enjoying back to school season. It’s day 2 of my sophomore year at college and I’m so ecstatic to be back.

Stay fetch,

J

 

Better Late Than Never

I’ve decided to take part in the Daily Prompt a day late. (Does that make it the Yesterday Prompt?) When I read the original prompt, “Remember the seven cardinal sins? You’re given the serious task of adding a new one to the list — another trait or behavior you find particularly unacceptable, for whatever reason. What’s sin #8 for you? Why?,” I began thinking. And thinking. And thinking. And then it hit me. Our society has way more than just 7 “deadly” sins, as the Catholic Church calls them. We go day to day completely blind to what is actually going on around us. This is frustrating to me because I grew up in a religious school and home setting. Prayer every morning and every night, like clock work. It wasn’t until I graduated high school and got put into a world where not everyone had the same beliefs as me that allowed me to expand my thoughts and vision in a way I had never been able to experience before. There’s so much out there that is more than we know, more than we’re supposed to know.

My 8th Cardinal Sin: Being blind to what isn’t right in front of us

Because if we open our eyes, it’s amazing what we can see.

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-J

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