Prov. 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.
I recently received this email from a friend that I have not seen for 15 years. After spending several hours together this is what he observed and wrote. Needless to say I was very encouraged.
Okay, here are some sub-points. I didn't have to think too hard about this:
1. You love being around people - and it shows. One of the greatest people skills is wanting to be with people to begin with.
2. You always find something good to say about someone. This is one of the things I learned about you years ago, is that within a very short period of time in your conversation with someone you always had something good to say about them.
3. You understand the art of the question. Almost everytime I see you interact with someone, you are asking questions about them. You get them to talk.
4. There is an openness and approachability to you that people relate to. I certainly do.
5. You have a way of including people, of making them feel apart of what you are doing.
6. You always begin your interaction in a friendly way, expressing that your glad to see them and to be with them.
7. It is a rare thing for you to be critical of anyone, instead you are an encourager, building up the person you are with.
8. This will be hard to describe, but you have the ability to be "one of the guys" blending into the circumstances and the people you are in and with.
9. Even though you are pushing the double nickel, you act life your in your mid-thirties. The fact that you still look like you are in your mid-thirties doesn't hurt either.
10. Your one of the most "positive" people I know. This is a tremendous asset. That doesn't mean that you can't get discouraged. It means that your rarely are.
11. I can honestly say that for me, I always feel better after I have spent time with you. My tank is always a little fuller. This is high praise.