Accept Praise and Water Your Flowers

When I read Ariel Lopez’s tweet this morning, I nodded my head in agreement.

I’ve never seen it written this way, but I love the description.

In my mind, I could easily imagine watering flowers in my garden.

My Own Experience

I’m as guilty as the next person who receives congratulations for something I’ve accomplished, only to swiftly shut it down.

Instead of accepting the compliment, I push away praise with a criticism about my work.

Which is insulting to the person who gives the compliment.

It’s something I’ve done ever since I was young, it was an instinct for me all through grade school and my first three years of college.

Until a friend pointed out to me I was discounting what I had accomplished.

Now I say, “thank you” and sometimes add a comment that I’m glad they like it.

Have to admit, while I’ve been working on accepting praise and compliments for my work and projects, it’s hard to break old habits.

I’m doing my best to be more graceful with accepting praise, but I need reminders like Lopez’s to water my flowers.

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About the Author

Deborah Edwards-Onoro helps small businesses, consultants, nonprofits, and higher ed with creative and distinctive websites. Deborah shares her expertise with web design, user experience, and accessibility on her blog, social media, and at meetup events. As organizer of Refresh Detroit, West Metro Detroit WordPress, and Metro Detroit WordPress, she encourages members to share their knowledge and experiences. In her free time, you'll find her birding, shooting photos, reading, or watching tennis.
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