Someone has just complimented you, and you want to compliment them back–and you really, really mean it. You’re grateful that they said what they said, but you don’t want to miss the moment. You’re not going to indulge in false humility, but you want them to know that you esteem them, too. What do you say? Repeat after me: “Coming from you…”.
Learning From Others
I know an amazing thought and organizational leader who is often complimented, and he should be. He says and does things the rest of us aspire toward, and he’s genuinely humble. (He would say he’s “working toward humility”.) I’ve watched him from time to time take in the adulation of others, but he often doesn’t allow that to be a dead-end street. In sincerity he returns the compliment, and more than once I’ve seen him say, “Coming from you…”.
“Coming from you, that means so much.”
“Coming from someone with your track record, it thrills me to hear that.”
“Coming from you, I’m completely humbled.”
I like it. It makes a good moment even better. I mean, I know this mostly applies if you say or do or are something complimentary, but why not have this phrase at the ready?
More Ways to Use This Phrase
One last thought. You can use this in many reactive contexts when someone says something insightful. It’s a wonderful way to esteem someone who might not expect it. What if you were to say that to a child of yours–even an adult child? What if you said a version of that to your spouse, or to your neighbor? Get ready to repeat after me: “Coming from you…”.
And here’s a verse: “Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)