(posted for the A to Z Challenge)
U is for Upbeat … and Understanding.
Today is April 21st, and that means it’s National High Five Day in the U.S.
People love praise – not flattery, which may be based on fiction or fable and usually comes with proverbial strings attached. A genuine compliment actually affirms the recipient, for it recognizes true effort.
Yesterday, for example, I received one of the most appreciated compliments I have ever had for one of my published pieces. Sure, a “good job” or a “nicely done” are always welcome. But I’ve never been compared to a legendary wordsmith before. (Thanks, Tracy V!)
Humans adore honor. Vitamin H may be biotin, but its counterpart may be another Vitamin H altogether … for Honor. Who doesn’t appreciate a solid pat on the back once in a while?
Here are some provocative quotations on praise and compliments for High Five Day.
Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly.
Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.
In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
Pearl S. Buck
The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.
Leonardo da Vinci
Which quotes do you like the most? With which do you disagree?
To whom can you give kudos today?
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class
Kenneth R. Hendrix
US Government Photo – Public Domain