Kindness starts with us

The other day I was at Barnes and Noble with all the kids. Jamin had a dentist appointment downtown and I needed to drive him back home.
During his appointment (four hours) we entertained ourselves in the children’s section of the store.
Vera and Elena arranged quite a few stuffed animals onto a stage the store has for storytime. Their imagination took off from there. Esther and I followed Joshua around the store. His original plan was a train table that’s usually there. Sadly, it was missing with no explanation. (Rude :p)
Another mom was there with her son. Our kids played together the whole time, making up stories on the stage for their mom audience.
When this other mom was leaving she told me how great I looked. How she is so exhausted with just one child. She also said how nice my kids were… It was just really nice.
I was feeling stressed out from keeping track of all the kids by myself. Once I got those words of encouragement I was lifted up. It changed my exasperation to patience and kindness. I was able to make it back to the car without feeling like I was trying to escape.
Of course, it gives me a good feeling to be complimented. But more importantly, it fills me up to be able to be more loving towards others. It takes away the negativity I may be feeling at the moment.
I hope this insight encourages you to compliment a stranger. Whether they seem like they need it or not. You could make their day better. More importantly, it gives them kindness to pass on.