Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot
When I was in high school, I was involved with a youth group and went on the annual summer trip. One year, we had a girl on the trip who lived too far away to come to our weekly youth group meetings the rest of the year. Her home life sounded unpleasant at best and the girl was a bit of an oddball. Everyone was nice enough to her, but she didn't necessarily have any good friends in the group. After we got back, I got extra prints of some of my photos (remember getting prints of photos?!?) and mailed them to her with a note. When I was getting it ready to mail, my mom came in the room and asked me what I was sending. For some reason, I was embarrassed about telling her and quickly explained about the girl who didn't really have any friends and whatever. Which is when my mom said the thing that stuck with me all these years:
"You're a nice person."
That may seem like an unremarkable statement, but for whatever reason, it meant a lot to me and I've remembered it. I was definitely not always a nice person when I was a teenager (or, you know, before or since) but I guess it made me feel like even though I wasn't always nice in the moment, I was a good person deep down. Also, even if your mother loves you, that doesn't mean she necessarily likes you. So I guess it was good to know that my mom saw my redeeming qualities, despite my adolescent...whatever.
Sure, there are times when being nice isn't for the best, but I do still think small thoughtful gestures make the world a better place.
What about you, Internet? Anyone's words stand out for you?