What a way to make someone’s day, but to pay them a compliment?! Is it compliment or complement? This was the discussion early this morning while at work. My friend Mags and I pondered this thought, as she shared a vision she had about “the source of our compliments.”
“Complement versus compliment makes a difference. le vs. li this is what they told me in my vision. What do you think this means?”
Smiling, as I knew what this meant. To pay another a compliment is to say something nice about someone, while a complement is the totality of sharing space with another and bringing their spirits up.
The Webster’s dictionary says:
Complement is a noun and verb. It also has a matching adjective,complementary. In any case, it refers to something that completes or goes well with something.
Compliment is also a noun and a verb. It indicates the offering of praise or flattery to another person, as does the adjective complimentary.
So which is it? I think we can pay a compliment to someone, but then we run the risk of falling into the category of “small talk” or obligatory kind words…because that is what we are taught to do. However a complement, while it can be as Webster’s sates “it goes well with something,” it can be held in our intent of the connection with another.
If we complement someone, then we are adding value to their day as we connect with them on a more soulful level. A compliment can be regarded as superficial while a complement is much deeper rooted to the soul.
It is more important to pay a complement than a compliment.~Ani Po
Stepping into the Canvas today, we make an effort to complement someone. As we add value to their day, we add value to our own. It is a win-win combination as we bare our soul to another, receiving theirs in return.