May I tell you that you’re Wonderful?
I designed this shirt at the end of a “Bad News Day.” They seem to be coming fast and furious. I wanted to create something that would uplift and inspire people, and encourage them to interact on a higher level. This is what I came up with.
It prints in shimmery metallic gold ink, and asks a question that invites an answer that can start a conversation – or even a lifelong friendship.
For those who are wondering why I’ve designed this as a question, there are two reasons:
First, there are dozens of “you are wonderful” and “you are wonderful just the way you are” T-shirts already in existence. There is no need for me to reinvent the wheel.
Second, people tune those kinds of shirts out. They might look at it and smile, but don’t think it really applies to them. Have you ever seen such a shirt and said “thank you!” I doubt it, unless it was a close friend.
By asking for permission (gaining consent) to tell someone that they are wonderful, you are encouraging a response. Questions create a very different dynamic than statements. There is a subconscious inclination to want to answer them. (Note how many click-bait headlines are questions.)
People are also more likely to consider the request personally. If they do, and say “yes you may” or “yes,” or even “how would you know?” then a connection is formed and a dialogue can begin.
I would not recommend responding with a heavily religious response, like “God thinks you are wonderful” or “The Baha’i Faith says that everyone is wonderful.” Instead, I would say “By giving me permission, I can tell you are brave and curious and open to new ideas and new people. These are all qualities that make a person wonderful.”
I encourage you to think of the kind of people who might respond to your shirt, and come up with your own answers. It is good to be prepared.
I would also not recommend wearing this shirt if you don’t want strangers talking to you!
The shirt comes in Forest Green, Pink and Maroon in adult and large youth sizes only. For sizes larger than XXL, please call or e-mail for prices and color options.