“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” ~ Proverbs 27:6
Sometimes a compliment is the best gift you can receive. At times, when it is intended as a back-handed criticism, a compliment can feel like a slap in the face.
“What’s the best (or rather, worst) backhanded compliment you’ve ever received? If you can’t think of any — when’s the last time someone paid you a compliment you didn’t actually deserve?” WordPress Daily Prompt on August 26th
Fortunately, when I read the blurb connected to today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, only a few of those dreaded back-handed compliments came to mind.
A compliment meant as a sneaky insult is the killer of friendships. When a family member is guilty of this veiled behavior, it is a black mark upon the relationship.
Best reaction: Forgiveness, Forgetfulness, but also a degree of Watchfulness. The old cliche is a true nugget of wisdom in this case:
Once burned shame on you twice burned shame on me!
A true, heartfelt compliment is like a bouquet of flowers for the spirit.
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