Tuesday, January 12, 2010


'Tis an old maxim in the schools,

That flattery's the food of fools;

Yet now and then your men of wit

Will condescend to take a bit.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Is accepting a compliment gracefully the same as condescending to flattery? 

If we receive recognition for individual accomplishments in school; work or church are we wrong to accept them without acknowledging the true source of our gifts and talents?

When we are inspired to act and as a result we have accomplished something great how do we accept the thanks and gratitude of others knowing that the inspiration was divine?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Divert the compliment to the one who deserves it. :)
I always feel embarassed when people thank me for anything. I am more than happy to give credit to someone else.
Even if the people don't know you were inspired, you know you were, and can "pass it along." :D