No I am not talking about the mystery meat that comes in a can. I am talking about email spam. Neither one is very good. And I get lots of spam. At work. At home. And on this blog. Today I got one that said “I have seen many sites and michellenolton.wordpress.com is the best”. I almost kept it. In the end, however, it went the way of many of its prior counterparts – in the trash.
I almost kept it, not because I think the spambot was actually at my site and read any of the material. But because it was a compliment (albiet an empty one)…and who doesn’t want a compliment? And I usually have a hard time excepting compliments…a fact that reared its head last week.
I was entering the building I work in, and there was a man – obviously there on travel…with his rolling suitcase and suit bag over his shoulder – and he was heading to the door, so I opened it and held it for him…you know, cause his hands were full. And he said “Nice to be greeted by such a pretty lady this early in the morning.” And I shrugged it off as one of those men that flirts with every woman from 8 to 80. And trust me I am not being modest…he was.
He had that glint in his eyes…that “I know I just made her day” look on his face as he walked away. And you know what…he did. I had a smile on my face for the day as well.
The power of a random compliment. Maybe I shouldn’t have erased the spam away. Maybe next time I will keep it. And pass it on.