Whatever happened to connecting with other human beings in a meaningful way? The more I look around, the more I see people in it for themselves and glued to their phones. Lost in their careers and even in their personal lives. Friendships can easily become one-sided, friendly coffee dates with your girlfriends keep getting postponed, people stop calling and emailing or are always distracted. Do we care anymore?
There’s something I’ve noticed since being in France. It’s that French strangers and acquaintances NEVER (ok very rarely) give compliments. Maybe it’s just my perception, but come on! A compliment shows you care! Taking five seconds out of your day to let someone know their work, advice, clothing, whatever is great can make a world of difference to them. So why are we too caught up in our own lives to say a few magic words to other human beings that are most definitely worthy of our time? Life is too short!