Monday, 20th August 2018
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A little goes a long way

The other week, I was tidying our lounge we had visitors coming and I wanted to make the place neat and tidy for them. I pulled away a pile of books, and behind them I found one of those old electronic photo frames.

To be honest, I'd forgotten we had one, so long is it since we last used it. I plugged it in to see if it still worked, and to my surprise it functioned perfectly. Up came a series of long forgotten photos, all stored on a memory card that's how old they were!

That memory card was well named, however it brought up a treasure trove of old memories, of our kids when they were young, of favourite aunts and uncles who have sadly now left us, and of precious moments with much loved members of our family who are happily still here.

I must have stood there for 30 minutes, watching the pictures click through three or four times. I'm afraid I didn't get much cleaning done, but there was a spring in my step for the rest of the day.

And oh what joy to share all those pictures and memories with my husband and children they were just as delighted as I was by these forgotten gems.

All of which set me thinking about how important the little things in life are. As those photos show, it doesn't take much to make someone happy or feel like a million dollars. A kind word here, or a thoughtful gesture there, can have an amazing impact. And something as seemingly insignificant as a friendly smile can make all the difference to how a person feels.

Sadly, the opposite is also true. A mean spirited gesture, unkind, tactless or thoughtless words, or even an unintended scowl can easily ruin the day of those around us.

Kind or unkind, most of the time we are blissfully unaware of the the impact of our behaviour, and of the effect it has on others.

So why not change that today and start with a tiny positive step? Make a promise to yourself that each day you are going to say or do at least one positive or kind thing to those around you.

It might be paying someone a compliment on their hair, or holding the door open for them with a smile, or surprising them with a bar of chocolate.

Little things that go a long way. If we could persuade everyone to buy into the idea, imagine how many smiles and how much happiness we could spread around the world!

Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos rgn runs busy natural health clinics in both Waterford and Kilkenny.

She also presents monthly positive living seminars in Kilkenny. A native of Galway, Breda worked as a nurse for many years before studying a range of complementary therapies, including homeopathy, iridology, muscle testing and nutrition.

Contact Breda at Health

Therapies Clinic, 13 Gladstone Street, Waterford. Tel: 087 2025753 or Insight Natural Health Clinic, 15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny. Tel: 056 7724429.

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