This is an inspirational true story that happened in a Paris Opera House as related by Glenn van Ekeren on his book The Speaker’s Sourcebook.
A famous singer had been contracted to sing, and ticket sales were booming. In fact, the night of the concert found the house packed and every ticket sold. The feeling of anticipation and excitement was in the air as the house manager took the stage and said: “Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support.
I am afraid that due to illness, the man whom you’ve all come to hear will not be performing tonight. However, we have found a suitable substitute we hope will provide you with comparable entertainment.” The crowd groaned in disappointment and failed to hear the announcer mention the stand-in’s name. The environment turned from excitement to frustration.
The stand-in performer gave the performance everything he had. When he had finished, there was nothing but an uncomfortable silence. No one applauded.
Suddenly, from the balcony, a little boy stood up and shouted, “Daddy, I think you are wonderful!” The crowd broke into thunderous applause.
“We all need people in our lives who are willing to stand up once in a while and say, “I think you are wonderful.” – Glenn van Ekeren
“Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free – and worth a fortune. ” ~ Sam Walton (1918 – 1992) Founder of Wal-Mart
Sometimes all we need is a little appreciation. Everyone deserves to be appreciated no matter how small the effort is. We should make a conscious effort to praise or appreciate other people around us. Appreciation gives a tremendous boost to ones confidence.
Have you appreciated someone’s effort today? 🙂