Friendly February

Day 28: Make uninterrupted time for your loved ones

Today the snow has come. It’s looking very beautiful but has meant cancelling a visit this morning to someone I have not seen for some time. Another friend is also snowed in. We were due to meet tomorrow in town midway between our homes, and so this has also been postponed.  However, on the bright […]

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Day 27: Thank three people you feel grateful to and tell them why

There is a large body of research linking gratitude to wellbeing and at times over the years I have kept a gratitude journal. Each evening I would note three things that I felt grateful for. This could be an appreciation for something I received from someone; perhaps a physical gift or something less tangible such […]

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Day 26: Make positive comments to as many people as possible today

Positive remarks can come in conversations, in passing comments, in texts or in emails, on social media – in fact there are lots of opportunities, and today I was able to use all of these.

Last week I bought a lovely print from a creative and talented designer. It came from her online shop and I […]

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Day 25: Do an act of kindness to make life easier for someone else

A joy last year was carrying out 150 different acts of kindness  to raise funds for Quaker Social Action .  I learned a lot from the experience, not least from observing kindness given by others, and receiving kindness too. During the process I realised that some acts of kindness came to me more easily and naturally […]

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Day 24: Take time to speak to a neighbour and get to know them

This evening four folk are coming to supper. Two are our friends, and the others are actually their neighbours – confused? We have met them a few times and really like them, and are looking forward to getting to know them better. They live nearby and so it will be especially good to develop a […]

Day 23: Make a plan to meet up with others and do something fun

What is fun to one person may not be so for someone else and this task got me thinking about what I enjoy and what I don’t. I know that some love to travel, others love anything that gives an adrenaline rush … What I come to time and time again is that joy for […]

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Day 22: Give sincere compliments to three people you meet today

I really enjoyed this task. I love giving sincere compliments and I don’t (usually) find it difficult. What I noticed today though was that a number of my compliments were about appearance – one woman had some beautiful dark navy nail varnish that complemented her clothing; another a lovely soft jumper that suited her wonderfully; […]

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Day 21: Actively listen to what people say without judging them

I have spent time today with a nearly 4-year-old, a 3-month-old, and their lovely mum, and we’ve had some great conversations. Reflecting on these I think I have mainly listened, but perhaps not all the time, and I don’t think I’ve judged them. However reading the action for today has made me think of a […]

Day 20: Send an encouraging note to someone who needs a boost

The father of ‘David’, a dear friend, is very ill. David has been much in my thoughts, and I have been holding him and his father ‘in the Light’. Although his father is elderly and has been unwell for some time, David is finding the situation very difficult as his father nears the end of […]

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Day 19: Look for the good side when other people frustrate you

Quakers try to ‘see the God (for some this is ‘good’) in everyone’. This is not always easy, especially when emotions cloud our judgement. Or perhaps we don’t take enough care to really listen to someone, and so find it difficult to understand their point of view?

Old habits die hard, and I do recognise a […]

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