If you read this blog regularly ... first THANK YOU ... and second you'll know that in recent days I've been thinking a bit about kindness.
As I explained a couple of days ago, it may become a bit of a theme for the final quarter of this year because I'm writing a book about the subject.
If you have any stories you'd like to share with me about kindness - things that have been done for you or kindnesses which you have shared with others, then please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com or via the contacts page on my main website.
Over the months I've also collected some amazing 'thoughts' and sayings related to kindness ... and here's a brilliant one for this Wednesday, which reminds us that when we extend kindness to others, it can be a way of bringing hope to a hopeless soul.
That hand of friendship, extended to someone who's lost and lonely.
That smile shared with someone who may feel that no one cares.
I'm not talking about things that cost lots of money, but just small acts of kindness shared not just with those nearest to us, or those we feel comfortable around, or those who are 'like us' ... but kindnesses for the stranger, for those who we may not necessarily see are part of 'our' circle.
I'm sure there have, for all of us, been times in our lives when we've felt alone, unloved and hopeless. Things haven't gone the way we planned or dreamed.
Then, out of the blue, someone smiles or picks up the phone to chat to us, or sends us a message on social media and once again we feel connected.
Those little moments of HOPE in our lives which, as this lovely quote says, warms us like the sun and brings us back to life.
So today, maybe let's all think of someone we can be kind to.
Even if we don't PLAN an act of kindness - the best ones are often unplanned - let's take any opportunity presented to us to share a kindness.
Let's be someone's window and share a little bit of hope with those we meet!
Have a great day everyone!