One small act of kindness
Well it has now been nearly three weeks since I held my 100th Talk Celebration Event for Time to Change Wales here in my home village. It was a great night, I was surrounded by family and many friends and the lovely Sue Stone travelled up from Bournemouth as my special guest.
My local AM Nick Ramsay and Time to Change Wales hosted the event through which I shared my life journey, my journey through corporate burnout, how I turned my life around and of course the important work that this amazing organisation does across Wales (and indeed through its partners throughout the UK).
I am always inspired by the stories of other champions and I have often seen a tear bought to many an audience eye as these people stand up and speak out about their mental health journey, they really do touch the heart.
Yesterday I was fortunate to meet a lovely young lady who had been travelling a journey with a mental illness since the age of eight. Now at the age of nineteen she is able to talk about it to others and even through the knocks that everyday life often delivers she is remaining strong. I found her inspirational, kind and someone who carried an inner strength to reach her goals.
As we parted she ‘Thanked me’ – for what I asked and this was her simple reply:
‘For taking the time to have a coffee with me, I don’t socialise much due to my illness so the fact you took time out of your day to have a coffee with me meant a lot’
I have to say I was humbled, this young lady was great company, I had a great time listening to her journey and her dreams, all in all it was a simple act which I really didn’t think would mean so much.
So today I urge you to take a little time out for someone, it may be a small act of kindness on your part but you probably have no idea what it means to the person on the receiving end.