Stream Of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS: ‘Compliment / Complement’

This post is written in response to Linda G. Hill’s prompt on Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Today’s theme is “compliment/complement.”  Use one or use them both. Have fun! Anyone can join in! Enjoy posting and/or reading other posts here.


I’d like to take a few minutes to compliment myself, before Saturday ends. It’s not something I do very often, being far too critical and demanding of poor me.

Even though I do my best, it doesn’t seem like it’s enough, and it should be. Your best should always be enough, because there’s no more to give, without causing undue stress.

Today I’d like to compliment myself because a year ago I published my first novel, and I did my best, so that’s a success for me. No doubt there are plenty of much better and more successful books out there, but I couldn’t have done it any better, so I’m proud of All Hallows at Eyre Hall, and what I’ve achieved this past year. See my previous post for more details.

On the other hand, all compliments should have a complement. It’s no good patting yourself on the back and forgetting about it. You must move on and do something else to complement your compliment, thereby moving on in your abilities and objectives.

My compliment also has a complement, and that’s the second book in the trilogy which will be published next summer, Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall. See my previous post for more details.

Keeping my spirits up every day isn’t always as easy as it seems, but I have a little trick to perk myself up. A song. I have several, but Nobody does it better is  one of my favourites.

I take it with me to the shower and sing my heart out while I lather up, so that ten minutes later, when I’m drying my hair, I’m on the top of the world! Sometimes, as the day progresses, I’m a little further down, but who cares, I shower every day!

Don’t forget to compliment yourself on your achievements, and complement them with some more achievements!

What makes you feel great when you’re a little down?



Published by LucciaGray

Writer, blogger, teacher, reader and lover of words wherever they are. Author of The Eyre Hall Trilogy, the breathtaking sequel to Jane Eyre. Luccia lives in sunny Spain, but her heart's in Victorian London.

16 thoughts on “Stream Of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS: ‘Compliment / Complement’

  1. That shower line – cracked me up! I shower every day, too! =)

    I’m not often down, but I love to listen to my children laugh, or get outside. Or sing- Paul Simon, Jewel, Tori Amos, or John Denver…

    I love what you say about complementing our compliments! =)

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      1. I’m not half bad alone in the car…which happens a little more often now than when my kids where much younger.

        Enjoy your showers – and your private concerts! =D

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  2. Thank you for the post and congratulations on your accomplishments!

    When I am down, it helps me to talk to someone in my family or circle of friends. It also helps me to do a reality check, because often others are dealing with much more than I am. If I think about how I can help others, it helps me to put my own problems in perspective.

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  3. Read recently that one of the most common fears people have is that of not being enough. In regards to doing one’s best, I used to tell my staff to do their best with the time and resources available. Such a great way to deliver the prompt — a well-deserved pat on the back and a second book to complete the first and set up for the next!

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