Act of kindness #21: Rosey smiles

Due to my recent CFS relapse, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to post about my kindness acts. But I’m happy to say that I’ve still been doing whatever I can, I just haven’t the energy to write about them.

Sooooooo, I’m really excited about today’s – especially as it’s a new kindness act for me.

Hooray!

One of my favourite kindness acts is making up and leaving goody bags on cars parked at my local GP surgery (Christmas) or hospital (Valentine’s), and this time I thought I’d mix it up a little and leave a flower.

As my budget is really tight, I bought this gorgeous bunch of bright orange roses and decided to spread the love even further by splitting them. That way I can make 10 people smile instead of just the one.

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I made up this little ditty to write on the back of my kindness cards:

“I hope you enjoy this flower,
as a gift from me to you.
I hope it makes you smile,
and makes your day happy too!”

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(I know it’ll never make the The TS Eliot Prize shortlist, but hopefully it’s cheesy enough to make the recipient smile 🙂 )

I tied a kindness card to each flower, and tucked each stem neatly through the door handle of the cars – in the past I’ve placed the bags on the windscreen, but just in case the driver doesn’t see it before driving off, I don’t want it to cause an accident! So this way the driver will see the flower straight away!

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I also gave one to a lovely elderly gentlemen who was leaving the surgery. As I handed him a ‘kindness flower’ he gave me a cheeky smile and asked: “Do I get a kiss as well?” Of course, I obliged 🙂 It was a touching and heartwarming moment.

As I’d written 7 Kindness Cards, I had 3 roses left, the perfect number to be able to drop one off at my sister’s, give one to my mum for helping me, and keep one for myself as it’ll be a lovely reminder and also, it’s important to be kind to ourselves ♡

Here’s really hoping the flowers made a few folk smile today as much as I am smiling right now.

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p.s If you found a flower on your car, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below…

Postcard Happiness

Being grateful for the kindness of strangers

A few months ago, I came across an amazing project called ‘Postcard Happiness’. It’s a website featuring people who’ve been nominated to receive some support, encouragement, thanks or love by way of receiving a postcard or two from kind strangers.

I was so enamoured with the idea, I immediately made, wrote and sent off a handful of postcards around the world. I even wrote a blog post about it (see Act of kindness #11) and forwarded it on to the project’s wonderful creator Tatjana (as she likes to keep up to date with how many postcards are being sent/received) and she wrote back asking if I’d like to become one of the nominated recipients myself!

I was really surprised and deeply touched, and thought why not?

As soon as a couple of days later, postcards started landing on my doormat. And I have to say, I didn’t anticipate just how wonderful and heartwarming it is to receive a few words of kindness from a complete stranger.

At the time of writing, I’ve received an incredible 40 postcards/cards/letters. That’s 40 big hearted folk who’ve taken the time out of their day to buy – or even make-  a postcard, write a few kind words and post it to me.

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How incredible is that!

I’m amazed that as well as the UK, I’ve received postcards from all over the world including: the US, Singapore (thank you Singapore Cause Corps!), South Africa, Japan, France, New Zealand, Germany, The Philippines, Belgium, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Austria, China, UAE, Australia, and Egypt.

That’s an astounding 17 countries so far!

I can honestly say that each and every one has lifted my spirits and made my heart overflow with gratitude. And having recently been through quite a big ME/CFS relapse, receiving a few kind words through the letterbox has made me feel a whole lot better.

I want to give each and every one of you a really great big hug ♡

Another bonus I hadn’t anticipated is that all the lovely words about my blog and kindness mission have encouraged me to keep on going, when at times I doubted whether I would.

In a time of such global turmoil and craziness, it’s reassuring to be reminded that there are so many beautiful kind souls in the world. And I’m glad I have a constant reminder, well actually 40 reminders, on my bedroom door, which never fails to bring a smile to my face.

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And whenever my CFS symptoms flare up or I feel despair about the world or I just need a little cheering up, I simply flip over a couple of postcards and reread the kind messages they hold. And all feels well once again ☆

So thank you thank you THANK YOU to anyone reading this who has kindly sent me a friendly postcard – please know that it honestly does make a difference. You really are AMAZING ☆

And a huge THANK YOU to the very lovely Tatjana for creating this happiness generating initiative, you really are AMAZING too ☆

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ps if you’d like to send someone a friendly postcard or nominate somebody to receive a little postcard kindness, please visit  Project Happiness  – you really will brighten someone’s day.

Hello again!

Being grateful to be back!

Hello lovely. It’s been a long time since I last wrote a blog post. Well, it’s been almost three months, but it feels a lot longer.

After my one year blog-aversary post, I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and thought I’d take a break for a week or two. But then I had a big CFS relapse, which turned out to be the biggest crash I’ve had in a long time.

On top of feeling utterly wiped out and physically like I was back at square one, I was feeling disheartened, frustrated and deeply worried that I wasn’t making any progress in my recovery.

So I took the time I needed to rest, recuperate and recharge. And I took the time to sit with my more unhelpful feelings and gently work through them, trusting that when the time was right I would feel brighter and more positive again.

And I’m getting there. Slowly but surely. Turtle Power Style 🐢

Even though I’ve still been writing in my daily gratitude journal, I’ve recently found myself thinking how I’d like to write a blog post about something that’s made me happy that day. But I couldn’t because I hadn’t written that first post back yet.

I’ve been apprehensive about writing this first post because I felt it had to be something special, really special.

So I put it off for a day, and then another, and then another. And here we are.

Isn’t it crazy the amount of pressure we can put on ourselves sometimes?

But today, about half an hour ago, I suddenly realised that my first post in 3 months doesn’t have to be anything special at all. It can be just like all the others: just a little blog post about a little something that’s made me happy today.

And actually, I think that’s pretty special enough.

So here I am, just me, continuing to write about the everyday little things that make me happy. And today I’m happy that I’ve realised this!

Phew, what a relief.

And hooray! I’ve just taken that oh so difficult first step, which is always the hardest isn’t it. And it feels good. It feels really good 😊

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