My husband has spent years trying to “teach” me to just say “Thank you” when I receive a compliment. I used to immediately state that it was not true or freeze and say nothing when I received a compliment. Then I would be left worrying that I may have hurt someone’s feelings or seemed rude.
When you don’t believe you are worthy of love or anything good in your life, compliments do not compute in your brain or in your heart.
I often cringe and feel very uncomfortable when I receive a compliment, but mostly I freeze. When I catch myself, I will simply say, “Thank you!” The thank you is for the person giving the compliment. I struggle to take it in.
The other morning, just after I woke up, my husband walked into the room, looked at me, and said, “You look beautiful!” I looked at him strange and asked him why he said that and he stated, “You look beautiful in the mornings when you wake up. Your hair is long and wild and you just look beautiful.” He has said this to me many times when I wake up in the morning, looking at me very fondly. But I never take it in or really believe it.
Later that day, I realized that I could receive no greater compliment from my husband than that I look beautiful when I wake up in the morning! As women we often think that make-up or the way we dress is what makes us beautiful. When for our husbands or any man that really loves us, we probably look the most beautiful when we are our natural selves and let our inner beauty shine.
Now if only we could believe that and just say, “Thank you!”