The little Angel on top of my Xmas Tree whispered to me today…. She reminded me that there are many people who need a BIG HUG in this run up to Xmas!
Maybe a friend, a colleague, a family member or neighbour is feeling lost, lonely and sad because someone very close to them has passed away this year, or they’ve had a breakdown in their relationship or for whatever reason, they’re feeling anxious or depressed.
So before I do my Advent Calendar Reveal today, I’d like to encourage you to notice those people you come into contact with, who may just need a smile or a hug in the run up to Xmas…
Rather than rushing past, please take the time to stop and ask them how they are… and maybe give them a hug….
You never know what a difference it may make to them to receive that little act of kindness that costs you nothing but is a precious gift to the receiver… It is the time of ‘giving’ after all!
I was reminded of this myself recently…..
A couple of weeks ago, I received a parcel delivery and as I went to close the door, I caught a glimpse of sadness in the courier’s eyes…. I opened the door wide and asked her if she was ok… For a moment, she looked surprised that I was asking her that question and she hesitated…. and then she opened up and told me that actually, this was the anniversary of her mum’s death and I could see the tears well up in her eyes. I stepped forward and gave her a big hug and although we are strangers, we shared a precious and loving moment together before she continued with her deliveries…
Today, as I was walking Dolly (my dog), a lady walking toward me was walking her Boxer and as her dog saw my Dolly (aka Gremlin How to be an Irresponsible Dog Owner.. oops!), her dog lunged forward and the lady literally flew behind the dog for a moment before crashing to the floor.
There was a very ‘hairy’ minute when her dog bounded onto Dolly and Dolly once again turned into a Gremlin… The Fur was flying!! I was stuck between separating the 2 dogs and dashing to help the lady who’d fallen to the floor. Fortunately she managed to get herself to her feet and hobbled over to help ‘separate’ the 2 ‘beasts’…
However, I could see that she was hurt and very shaken from her fall. I think she expected me to be angry at the behaviour of her rather large Boxer (although little Dolly had been no Saint..) and she looked taken aback when I asked her if she was ok.. The tears welled up in her eyes and she admitted that she’d really hurt herself… Again, although she was a stranger, I stepped forward and gave her a hug for which she looked eternally grateful.
Although these 2 encounters were ‘strangers’ to me, in both instances the reward of the hugs were mutual… We ‘shared’ those moments and the impact was lasting – the Courier came back with some more parcels a few days later and she told me what a difference that hug had made to her day!
So this Xmas Season, keep your eyes open for those who may be feeling low and share a precious moment and a hug and pass on my little Xmas Angel’s Blessing….
Ok – enough of the soppy.. It’s time to open our Advent Calendar together…. Let’s share this moment!!
What is the BIG REVEAL today then?……..
Oh Nooooooo!!!! Marks & Spencer…. what have you done?
2 Days on the trot… two nail varnishes and BOTH Cranberry….
I’m feeling a bit disappointed … It’s just as well that the ‘presents’ are being divided between 3 Lucky Winners of the Xmas Day Draw, which means that 2 lucky winners will get this lovely colour nail varnish… Maybe that’s not such a bad thing after all!
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