Speak softly … 5


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Holiday Hell is up to day 10 already. Today over on Nice Mommy-Evil Editor, Angela James is offering books by Jaci Burton, Eve Vaughn, Ann Cory, Melani Blazer, Rose Marie Wolf, Kinley MacGregor (aka Sherrilyn Kenyon), Lora Leigh, Jan Colley and Roxanne St. Clair. The challenge for today is to say something nice to someone you know and then tell Angela who and how you told them.

I really like that challenge. There’s been so much negativity in the world lately, people willing to tear down others and walk over their battered bodies (literally in the case of the Walmart worker in the States), that taking the time to give someone a compliment or a kind word seems so needed, so right.

Since we’re coming up to the end of the year and it’s that time to be retrospective, I know that I have a lot of people who deserve compliments. But how to choose one? I can’t. There’s so many people I need to compliment. From the ladies of the TRW who have been so supportive, to my newly-made online friends who make my day when they leave comments to some of my inane ramblings here on my blog, to my critique partners who have put aside their own lives and own writing to read my manuscripts and offered suggestions, to my family who (they tell me) don’t mind that the dust bunnies have taken over every room of the house. And to Angela herself who took a chance on a newbie Canuck author and fulfilled her dreams by offering her a contract. Then offered her another. (No, I’m not sucking up, LOL, the contract’s already signed! And no, I’m not writing this to enter the contest – I consider myself a part of an (unspoken) exclusionary clause – you know those “employees of … are not eligible” clauses.)

In William Makepeace Thackery’s words, “Never lose the chance of saying a kind word.” So go out there and give someone a compliment, say a kind word, be nice to someone when you want to snarl. Leave a comment on Twitter or Facebook, on MySpace or a blog. Make someone’s day, or maybe even someone’s week.


5 thoughts on “Speak softly …

  • Daisy Dexter Dobbs

    Lovely, positive post, Leah. It’s always satisfying to help brighten someone’s day by saying something nice and it takes so little effort. I’m always so touched and appreciative when readers take the time to contact me and say something nice about my stories.

    You’re right about Angie. She’s a peach. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • Bonnie Staring

    And a big thanks go right back to you, Leah. Not only do you make me smile with your blog comments and posts, you also have proven that you can do whatever you set your mind to do. And I find that really inspiring… even in the winter!

  • Shelley Munro

    Great idea, Leah. It’s good to be positive, especially when so many people like to focus on the terrible things.

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