Her: "You have a super positive attitude and radiance. It is uplifting to be around you."
Me: "Thanks a lot! I appreciate that. I admire your pofessionality! You are all chatty, you make jokes, you drink your coffee- but as soon as the camera is rolling you are one hundred percent focused, on the spot. Your level of concentration is stunning."
Her: "Thank you! Thanks. Okay, my turn. Your freckles are super sweet! They look really cute."
Me: "Oh, thanks! That's great to hear, for as a kid I really did not like them at all. Now I do but still, it's nice to hear that from someone. Okay, my turn: I love the way you move. Your gait is real and authentic and at the same time you look like a dancer when you walk down the street."
Her: "That's a special one. Thank you. Thanks! That I have not heard before. Thanks again. Really. Okay. I'm next. I think you are a good friend. After we met Karen, your friend earlier I am sure you are very true and caring with the ones you love."
Me: "Thanks... I hope I am. I try to be. Yeah. Thanks. Alright: You have a great humor. Sharp, spontaneous, light- I like hanging with you for all the laughs we share."
Her: "Haha, thanks! I love that you are doing this project, making other people happy, it is amazing to see that there is still someone who does selfless things!"
Me: "Thank you. I have to say though, it is not entirely selfless. I am doing it because it makes me happy, more than anything else... Anyways, here you go: Your speaking Spanish is music to my ears. Sooo beautiful!"
Her: "Oh, thanks! That's cool. I love the way you laugh. You have a super open smile."
Me: "Thanks! Your energy level is insane! You overflow with activity, so much in fact that just talking to you I am already more energetic than usually. If I were you I would probably be exhausted after just an hour of being awake but you just go on and on."
How did I feel?
Towards the end of a fun day together Jess and I were asked to pay each other five compliments. At Berlin Hauptbahnhof we stood facing one another, and took turns in sharing our appreciation. I loved the task. It was a new practice: I have given more than one compliment at a time before-- but never five, and neither have I received five in return instantly. As our ping-pong of kudos went on I sensed a process. While her first compliment caused a slight smile and merely stroked my outside her second one already crept its way under my skin. By the time she paid me her fifth I had become all bubbly and warm inside, ready to air-kiss everyone from the Japanese tour group next to us.
I will definitely do this again!