“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”
And at this most magical time, I would like to say thank you.
Thank you for all your support this year, it means so much to me. I’m especially grateful to everyone who subscribes, letting me pop up in your inboxes every now and again.
Thank you for your comments. Reading your kind words always puts a huge smile on my face, boosts my spirits, and inspires me to keep going especially when my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms have flared up and I’m feeling really rubbish.
And last but definitely not least, a HUGE thank you to to everyone who’s joined in with my Kindness Advent Calendar this year and has been spreading a little more kindness throughout December. You really are AMAZING and I’m so excited that together we are making the world a kinder place.
Wishing you all a wonderfully magical Christmas and a brand new year filled with all that you wish for, and so much more.
Festive love+hugs, Helen Xxx
Being kind by writing a thank you note to a helpful stranger:
I’ve just started a new treatment plan with a private clinic and am having a few tests to try and establish the root causes of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
After carefully studying the comprehensive and specific instructions for one home-based test, my brain-fogged mind felt rather confused and I needed some help and guidance.
I knew I had to call the clinic but was feeling reluctant as I didn’t want to bother them.
I also didn’t want to appear paranoid, or pernickety, or dumb!
But as I’m investing quite a lot of money into this treatment plan, I want to make sure I do everything I can to ensure optimum results.
It took a few times to get through to the clinic, which fuelled my anxiety as I knew it meant they were busy.
But when I did get to speak to someone, she was simply fabulous.
In her soothing Welsh tones, she patiently and kindly answered all of my questions, which were actually completely validated, and gently talked me through the whole process.
What a relief!
As well as thanking her on the phone, I knew I wanted to thank her in a special way.
I wanted to show my gratitude to her for being so kind and patient and helpful. And that I appreciated the time she spent talking me through everything.
So I wrote her a little thank you note on the back of one of my ‘you are amazing’ postcards and included it in the package.
Being grateful for my parents:
I’ve taken to doing the lotto at the weekends. I can’t help but see it as a big waste of money, but then you’ve gotta be in it to win it as they say!
And I’m an eternal optimist!!
Anyway, last week I got 3 numbers and was chuffed to bits with my £25 win.
Giddy with my winnings, I thought I’d use some of it to show my parents how grateful I am.
I’ve been living back in the family home ever since I became ill with ME/CFS.
And two and a half years on, I’m still here.
What a lucky girl I am to be able to have a safe home to live in while I recover, and to have my parents’ love and support – it really means the world to me.
I know it’s not easy on my folks. And for anyone who’s lived at home as an adult will know it’s not an ideal situation for any of us. But we are doing the best we can.
And I am really, really grateful.
So today I made a special ‘Thank you’ card and bought them a beautiful bunch of flowers.
It’s not much but I know they’ll appreciate the gesture which comes from my ever grateful heart.
So with this in mind, my happy for today is being grateful to my parents for letting me live back at home while I recover from ME/CFS.