Today was a tricky day for a big RAOK, but determined to challenge myself, I found I was actively LOOKING for ways to help someone. I love that! I feel excited about doing something (however small) that could make someone's day that little bit happier. Having suffered massively from depression during 2012 (so much so I was hospitalised for it only six weeks ago), I already feel better. It's almost as though I now have a break from thinking about myself and my own worries - I'm allowing myself to put that in a box for a time to focus on someone else. I'm loving this feeling and its only day three! Imagine the feeling on day 365! Or even 1365!!
Back to the point in hand. I spent a lot of the day meeting with a friend whilst our kids played. Which was lovely in itself as I, as a single parent, got some proper adult conversation! Woohoo! As I was leaving the car park I stopped to let a, rather stressed looking, lady cross the street in front of my car. I figured she looked like she needed a break today. Wish I could have done more! Then I decluttered a good chunk of the house! Which may not seem like a RAOK but in the process I filled three giant bags for our local charity shop - everything from bedding, toys, clothing and books we no longer need. I hope someone else gets some enjoyment out of the items and that the charity also benefits. After all that I did a RAOK for myself, which I think can be just as important - particularly if you rarely take care of yourself (which I'm guilty of since the depression really took hold). I sat down and had one of those fantastic peel-off face masks... Bliss!!


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    "No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves" - Amelia Earhart


    January 2013