Just say something “nice”

I recently saw an old friend, someone I hadn’t seen in a long time.

“You look great, Fayteen,” she said, “but what did you do with your hair? I really liked it the way you used to wear it.”

Was this a compliment? Her voice was sweet, but I detected criticism in the sweetness.

Was I being too sensitive? Maybe. Maybe she really meant to say something “nice.” Maybe she didn’t realize that I didn’t want to know that she doesn’t like my new hairdo. I really like my hair the way I am wearing it now.

I’m not going to worry about what she meant. However, I am going to think twice when I say something positive to someone else. I am going to stick to the positive, and keep what I say brief. I am not going to say anything that could be interpreted as criticism.