Recently during a stay at a Hilton hotel, I was struck by a slogan
on the customer comment cards: “Catch Someone Doing
the Right Thing!” Too often we only catch people doing the wrong
thing. Not because they never do the right thing, but because we
are more likely to speak out when something isn’t the way we like
it than when it is. We are more likely to speak out when things go
wrong than we are when things go right. We expect things to go
right, and we take them for granted when they do.
Think back to a time when someone caught you doing something
right. How did it make you feel? When was the last time you
caught someone doing something right and praised that person for
his or her efforts?
As we grow in emotional maturity, we realize that everyone
needs encouragement. When we shower our praise upon others,
we energize them. Whom will you energize with your praise today?
From The Seven Levels of Intimacy
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