It doesn't matter what the compliment is...
"This dinner is great"
"Your child is so cute"
"You are looking really good"
"Those leopard print short shorts look awesome on you"
Ok... so maybe the last one is unrealistic because that would NEVER happen... but when I think about it I realize that I never graciously accept compliments. I can always, and do always, turn it around into a joke or offer up a tidbit of unseen fact to down play an accomplishment. The more I look around the more I realize that I am not alone in this. So many other people I know also do it and it seems to be a lot of women do this.
Why is that?
I am not a fan of being the focus on attention, apparently even positive attention, but I also don't want to make anyone feel bad that I can do something well.
But then it hit me... especially in the world of health and fitness... I am where someone else hopes to be. I might not be happy with how I look, how my cloths fit, how many burpies I can do (or not do...lol), but for someone else this spot is a goal. I don't ever think of myself as that and so many times in groups I look at other people who look in great shape and think "If only I looked like them!" And when I hear them complain about their last 10 lbs I think... "I wish!"
But maybe downplaying my accomplishments is doing exactly the same thing to other people.
So if I can't be gracious for myself, I should be gracious for the people around me who might be paying more attention than I think.