How to show kindness this St. Valentine’s Day!

Sometimes we all just need a reminder of what love is in all its aspects:  kind thoughts, acts and words; respect for each other; tolerance of differences; support through life’s challenges; understanding; humility to admit our mistakes; and so on.   The Feast of St. Valentine’s on 14th February each year reminds us to cherish our loved ones, not just[…]

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Kindness as an Antidote to Pain

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”, Marcel Proust. This is an article of mine which was recently published in Fibromyalgia Magazine (Feb 2018).  In it, I put forward the idea that even (and especially) if we have a chronic health condition, it is important that we[…]

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Little Ripples

I  believe we are all interconnected on Earth. Everything we think, say and do affects all others, if not in this life, then in the next. Here are two things to focus on today to strengthen our interconnectedness: Treat people with respect, how you would like to be treated. Stop trying to fight the current. You can never control it![…]

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The Bothy: a short story by Anita Neilson.

Take a few minutes, sit comfortably with a warm cuppa to hand, and lose yourself in this short story.  Estimated reading time: 3 minutes! “The Bothy” Thick snow crunched underfoot as Jim quickened his pace through the forest towards the clearing ahead.  His eyes winced against the glaring sun piercing a sky of cobalt blue.  Cheeks flared red with the[…]

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“It is in giving that we receive”, St Francis of Assisi.

Aah!  The Prayer of St. Francis.  I love it. 🙏 It sums up how to live a good life really by helping others rather than focusing on ourselves.  It’s Winter here in Scotland and Mother Nature’s chilly, icy grip has been tightening throughout the month of December.  I woke up this morning in my cosy, warm bed with warm gas-fuelled[…]

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