A reminder to take compliments

When the middle aged woman at the gas station says your hair is beautiful,
Don’t respond with how much time it takes you to put it in place every morning,
Just say “Thank you” and mean it.
When the cashier at the coffee shop says he likes the way your clavicle serves as a frame for your necklace,
Don’t tell him you don’t really like wearing clothes that bare your bones,
Tell him Clavicle sounds like a cup of white chocolate latte when he says it and thank him.
When your best friend tells you, you look like a stunner in that black dress,
Take it. Don’t complain about your arms beings too flabby or your cleavage being non existent.
Buy that back dress and wear it like glove.
When the lousy piece of glass in your bathroom, glows with your reflection,
Wear red lipstick. Spend a few more minutes wing-tipping that eyeliner to perfection,
Don’t walkaway without paying homage to yourself.
I implore you, don’t respond to kindness with insecurity.
Don’t belittle the fact that you own something worth admiring or the fact that someone finds you beautiful,
Before you leave home, leave your insecurities under your bed,
Don’t take the monsters with you. Step into the world like the forces are in your favour.
Say thank you in earnest. Accept Compliments; they aren’t yours to dignify.

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11 thoughts on “A reminder to take compliments

  1. “Don’t walkaway without paying homage to yourself.
    I implore you, don’t respond to kindness with insecurity.
    Don’t belittle the fact that you own something worth admiring or the fact that someone finds you beautiful,
    Before you leave home, leave your insecurities under your bed,
    Don’t take the monsters with you. Step into the world like the forces are in your favour.”

    Yaaasssss

  2. Awesome. The clavicle part was funny. Anyways henceforth I plan to pay homage to myself; prostrate in front of the mirror after a minute’s preening and all. Also a vantage point to see and clean under my bed.

    Love it 😀

  3. Love this piece! I’m so guilty of belittling or downplaying compliments. Not because I am insecure (hell no!) but because I’m used to the “be humble” Nigerian home training so compliments count but they say “don’t let it get to your head”. And for that reason, I downplay them like I don’t hear them. Of course, I say thank you with that Nigerian saying “don’t mention it” trailing behind in my head. With this post, I hope to make a change. I want to #ownit

    Love from Your Einstein Sister! (hope you haven’t forgotten that nickname of ours)

    1. ah! i understand the whole nigerian “be humble” thing. But you know sometimes, some people just don’t know how to take it. They would rather tell you all the reasons why they don’t deserve the nice thing you said instead of just accepting it. Compliments should make your days a little brighter.

      Thank you for reading this Einstein sister 🙂 xx

      1. Mmmmm exactly! I agree about that. Now I see where you’re coming from. I’m sure most people don’t realize that so it’s really good that you addressed it.
        & you’re most welcome! I’m happy to be back on here.

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