“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 radiators heating the whole of our home.  Boy, was I grateful for the gift of heat when I peeked out of the blinds to see the frosty field opposite, the driveway twinkling its icy warning and the early-morning dog walkers’ breath rising like comical chimneys skyward.

So grateful was I for all my blessings this morning.  I am every morning anyway, but I was especially thankful today for:

  • a warm, safe, secure home;
  • a strong body and mind to allow me to thrive in this physical world;
  • people who love and care about me;
  • a growing compassion for others arising out of moments of personal suffering.


Yesterday, I noticed the horses in the field, wearing their winter blankets, happily munching away on the remnants of grass.  Someone had been thinking of their comfort, their basic need to be warm in a cold climate.

It got me thinking of the cold snap of weather and of those people who don’t have a warm home or enough warm clothing.  So, I rummaged through my wardrobe and looked out some warm clothes (knitwear, hats, scarves, coats and so on) to donate to our local homeless charity.  It’s just a little thing, but it’s all the little things added together which bring big changes, isn’t it?  No act of kindness is ever too small in my book.

This morning I asked God, “How can I help people today?”  When we blog, it’s one way of helping people, by sharing our thoughts and ideas on how we can make a big difference with lots of small things.  If you live in a cold climate and are blessed to have safety, security and warmth but don’t have any items of clothing to donate, you could perhaps think about one of the following:

  • donate your time (in prayer or meditation, sending out good positive energy to those in need);
  • donate your time by helping out for an hour at a local food bank or homeless charity;
  • make a financial donation to a local or global cause that resonates with you. Any amount, however small, is gratefully received and always makes a difference.

I’m not writing this post to make you or I feel guilty about our blessings in life.  And if you think you don’t have any blessings, you’re not thinking hard or smart enough!  This morning, I felt I was given a little Divine nudge to do something for others, so I thought I’d share this with you.  Please like and share this post if you agree.  God bless you.  Namaste! Anita😊

Being Lydia! fabulous review of Acts of Kindness from your Armchair.

What a lovely review of my book from the fabulous https://beinglydia.com. Why not check out her blogsite. It’s so uplifting!

“Acts Of Kindness from Your Armchair” (RAOK) by Anita Neilson is a very easy read. At the same time, it is full of practical and easy ways to show kindness to yourself and those around you.

Anita is writing for those of us who, like herself, are mostly housebound due to chronic illness. How can you feel kindness toward yourself when you are isolated and not feeling well? How can you reap the benefit of helping others to feel better about yourself if you aren’t able to get out amongst other people? This book shows you how through suggestions and practical applications.

Part one is dedicated to learning to be kind to yourself. Anita talks about …….”

Click on the link below to read the full review.  Thank you Lydia!

Book Review – “Acts Of Kindness From Your Armchair”