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Small Kindnesses

November 27, 2012

Ballerina on a bike 

When I read the prompt for the Small Stone Kindness; I disregarded it, but not without pain.  I could not think of a kindness that deserved a small stone and worse I could not think of a kindness that I had performed. Try as I might over the next few days I could not rectify the regretful situation.  So decided to ignore it; until this morning when the reminder ‘popped’ up again. 

However, this time it came with a gentle voice from deep within and a vision; on a podium, as we have seen recently at the Olympics stood a dozen or so people waving and cheering as if they had won a gold medal.  They were all faces I recognised, people who have dragged, pushed and cheered me along for the last two years, from a place of deep grief and despair to a place of joy and achievement.
Busy people with lives and problems of their own who never at any point refused to help;rather they all went more than the extra mile with good humour.
My Line Manager  was the catalyst; giving me the idea that I could enhance my career progression.  At a time in my life when I was considering retirement ; Lucy encouraged me to take advantage of Digital and Social Media Workshops at work and set up a blog for myself.  She introduced me to an experienced blogger who gave me invaluable help, contacts and guidance.  Molly was a working mother with limited time; but she never ignored an email or limited her responses. Also, Patrick helped me endlessly and uncomplaining with computer, or not related problems and continues to be supportive. While his partner pulled me from the emotional quagmire on more than one occasion. During this time they and others have bolstered me from adversity, encouraged me to learn and grow and then  challenge the so called adversity.
So rather than find myself lonely and on the retirement heap; I have a rich new career in Social Media that advances daily.
My only wish is that I can repay this kindness.   

I was encouraged to write a piece for Fiona Robyn who is launching a novel called Small Kindnesses today

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2012 12:20 pm

    I’m touched to get a mention. It was my pleasure to offer guidance and it’s lovely to see you doing so well and enjoying your work. X

  2. November 28, 2012 4:50 am

    I’m honored that you used photo of my painting angel ballerina on a bike!!!
    Thank you :)))
    I read few of your posts and about page and I can only say wow!
    My mother is recently retired and my dad passed away 8,5 months ago so she is struggling what to do in her free time so I will tell her about you maybe she will get inspiration.
    I would like for you to check my blog specially about page because I have a problem to write something nice and maybe you can help me :))))

    • November 28, 2012 5:14 am

      Yes the angel on the bike is me … I wear clothes like that but sadly I do not have wingsxxx Thank you Domininka for your KINDNESS! and good wishes to your parents in their Happy Retirement.

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