One of my great loves is talking to people– anyone, anywhere, about anything. Well, almost anything. It’s especially wonderful if I can steer the conversation to the gospel, which I actually happen to be pretty good at, but people are so interesting that a good conversation can be found with almost anyone.
I go to the airport fairly regularly, and it is swarming with people who can offer all kinds of interesting ideas, not to mention missionary experiences. The plane itself actually provides the best situation, because there are a full six hours to spend learning about the individual next to whom you are destined to be chained. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about picking up a conversation with a total stranger, a fail-safe approach is a compliment. Nobody doesn’t like being complimented, and they are almost always willing to converse with someone who can find good things about them.
Genuine compliments are the best, but when you don’t know the person, superficial compliments are just as good. For example, women always like to be complimented on their clothes.
This is one of my all-time favorite youtubes. You’ve probably seen it before, but I could watch it a million times. Teresa showed it to me when I was in 10th grade, and it’s been my life theme/ goal ever since. Everybody needs that kind of validation.
So go ahead. Give a compliment today. Make someone’s day. Make it their best day so far, and in so doing, you just may create your own.
You are so great!