Recently I received a complement that really got me thinking. Someone came up to me and said, “Jon that shirt looks really good on you.” I said, “Thank you very much.” As I walked away I thought to myself, “That’s one of the weirdest conversations I’ve ever had.” As I thought about the phrase “That shirt looks good on you”, I realized that I was being complimented for being a hanger.
As I thought about it more I came to the conclusion that what was actually being complimented was the shirt.
The person didn’t say, “you look very nice, and I like your shirt”.
Now the person who said this is not the weirdest weirdo in the conversation, because I said, “Thank you”, as if in some way I could take credit for how good the shirt looked. I didn’t make the shirt; I picked it out from a pile of ten other shirts just like it.
I was complimented for something that had nothing to do with me,
and then I took credit for it.