Today a student told me I was pretty amazing, and I think she meant it. Normally I would blush and say "thanks" while secretly discounting the compliment, but today I decided to skip the discount. When I read course evaluations saying I'm unbending or unfriendly or "a despicable person," I agonize over what I've done and how I can improve; if I take negative feedback so seriously, I think I should be allowed to sit back and accept the occasional pat on the back.
So in case you're wondering: today I was pretty amazing. (I'm not making any promises about tomorrow.)