F-L-A-T-T-E-R-Y is a four letter word.
There is an incredible chasm between a true compliment…a statement of worth about a event or characteristic of value… compared to someone simply telling you what they think that you want to hear so that they can manipulate you into doing what they want you to do.
I am not a seeker of ‘compliments’… But a true complement… or even a well-placed criticism… is worth its weight in gold! Far more welcome in my life than selfish, manipulative flattery.
Once a person flatters me, I find it difficult to trust any statement whatsoever that comes from their mouth.
Written for The Daily Post: October 10, 2016. Flattery