Eavesdropping - well the eaves are going to be dropping off our neighbour's house if he doesn't improve his insulation and drainage system .... but that's off topic!
I overheard a conversation this morning. I didn't mean to. But I heard my name mentioned, and that always gets my attention.
Often, eavesdropping can hurt your feelings, someone gossiping about you or about someone you know. I can't say that's happened to me in a long time. After all, I'm not in high school anymore. This time it was the exact opposite. This time someone I respect was saying something very nice about me to someone else I respect. It made my heart burst!
I can't actually express how wonderful it made me feel, but thank you to both parties for seeing my strengths and noticing enough to say something!
I read something a long time ago (now how did it go?): Don't let the insults hurt you too much or the compliments lift you up too much. That wasn't it, whoever said it before me said it much better - but that was the gist of it. Don't get too full of yourself with a compliment, but also don't tear yourself down over a criticism.
I am a firm believer in NOTICING the compliments. Remember them - because it's easier to remember the insults.