I have a confession to make - this post as been thrown together today as I forgot to schedule one in, and I've been run off my feet all day at work/meeting with builders/decorators, as well as trying to get the house straight from my two week absence (though the Engineer has done a very good job, I have to say!).
This is just going to be a very short post, and it doesn't really have a whole lot to do with writing, but I'd like to share my thoughts with you anyway.
I don't really have a lot of friends at work. In fact, since my two friends I made last year left, I haven't actually grown close enough to anyone to feel comfortable asking them to hang out. I find it incredibly difficult to put myself out there and make friends. But today, one girl that I chat to at break -times gave me her mobile number so we can meet up sometime - I meant to get it before the holidays, and I mentioned it in passing today (not expecting her to give it to me), but she gave it to me straight away. And another woman said how much she liked my coat just as I was leaving (SEE, YELLOW COATS ARE AWESOME!!). So that's a compliment and a phone number all in one day - I know, I know, I should probably go and have a lie-down to take it all in ;).
But in all seriousness, small acts of kindness do go a long way. It wasn't that long ago that I was in tears most nights because I felt so lonely at work - don't get me wrong, everyone I work with is lovely, it's just that I find it difficult to talk to anyone. I find it hard to make the first move, so I generally just keep to my own company, despite the fact that on the inside I'd love nothing more than to make new friends. So, for this to happen is actually a huge step forward for me.
So, please, just bear in mind that however small your actions, they could have a huge impact on someone else. Whether it's opening a door for someone, complimenting someone's hair or clothes (or their writing!!), or just taking the time to have a small chat with someone you wouldn't normally talk to - all of these small acts of kindness add up to something much bigger :). You never know - you might just be saving someone from themselves.
Happy Monday, everyone :)