What is the most meaningfu compliment you have received regarding your WORK or PROFESSION?
I have two purpose in asking this question: 1. To give us all an opportunity to feel safe in shedding the humility we have to show in "real" life and left someone else know what we've done. 2. To see what kind of compliments about our work are/were meaningful. I was thinking today that I've never really received a compliment for my interpreting for deaf students. However, I remember one of my profoundly deaf students was the only one who got an "A" in history test based solely on lectures. The teacher said, "She didn't hear one word of what I said so all of her information was from you!"
I regard "THANK YOU" as the most meaningful compliment for works that I did for others in the workplace and in my professional capacity. Assignments given to me might come in all shapes and sizes; but the many thanks I received and continue to come my way seem to create huge ramifications. Each creates an impact that spurs on a need to show attentiveness to detail for every piece of work, no matter how insignificant it may seem.
I'll give you your compliment, good job on doing that for your deaf-students. They probably appreciate any kindness you give to them on the inside, but have a hard-time expressing it outwardly or just keep it to themselves. Also, I respect you for taking up a kind of job like that, you don't hear of too many people saying that is what they do for work.
Anyways, I've had lots of amazing compliments but one that sticks out to me the most is when I use to train in Martial Arts. I did a technique that the instructor taught and as I did it with my rolling-partner, he said with so much meaning after I did it. "Soo smoooth". Directing it to the instructor, but I know he was basically complimenting my form. So that meant a lot to me haha.
The most meaningful compliment I ever got was from a teenager. I was teaching at an environmental camp, but we also taught team building programs. Team building involved different activities in which the kids had to rely on each other to accomplish the various tasks. Some things included getting every through a tractor tire hanging from a rope without anyone touching the tire or helping each other get over a wall which was too high for anyone to get over by themselves. At the end of the day, if the kids demonstrated they could focus and work as a team, we'd let them do a trust fall - the group would catch a kid as they let themselves fall from a platform three feet off the ground. That took teamwork for the catchers and trust for the one falling.
We'd get groups of kids come in for team building who were from a service that taught them independent living. If they passed the course, they'd be recognized as emancipated minors - 16+ years old who were minors but would be recognized by the state as adults. Most of them came from abusive backgrounds and had always had to rely on themselves because their parents (or guardians) neglected them. After one such class, a young man (17 years old) came up to me and said, "Thank you. I never thought I could trust anyone. Now I know I can." That meant a whole lot to me.
What a privilege to have worked at such a camp, Sheila, and a blessing to have a young man express not only his appreciation for that realization, but probably the unexpressed words of many more of the young people that you worked with there !
As a teacher, I had one student thank me for making her feel important. She said that, for the most part, she felt invisible to her other teachers, but not to me. It warmed my heart, and it made me put more effort into making students feel special to me.
I think the most rewarding compliment or comment regarding what I do is a friend of mine who told me:
"Dude I did what you told me to do and I doubled my list!"
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