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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,

but he is brave five minutes longer.

–   RALPH WALDO EMERSON

So it’s Week 28, and a bit of an inner roller coaster for me. And it’s par for the season I guess – lots of reflection and looking to the future, and what am I doing with my life, and what does life really want from me etc etc. I acknowledge here and now that the balance is definitely in favour of Good Deeds received this week, which makes me feel a little uncomfortable and humble, but I can also say with all sincerity that I did do my best.

My ongoing and every increasing thanks to…

http://rosieamber.wordpress.com

the inspiration for these posts.

For other Good Deeds posts I’ve written, including the original, please check out:

https://wordsthatserve.wordpress.com/good-deed-weeks/

Sunday 24th November

Chopped a couple of logs into kindling so that making fires would be easier for the rest of the week. Popped round to one of our neighbours to confirm that we could give their grandson a lift to and from his school play on Friday. Finished my first crocheted Christmas gift! Took my lemon balm in, putting it in a pot in the lounge for the winter, as it doesn’t like being left outside through the cold temperatures.

AND good deed(s) received:

Was given a lovely cup of tea by our neighbour, and a wonderful hug from her soon to be 8 year old grandson!

Monday 25th November

Helped my Mum with writing an announcement for the community newsletter about prices at the Juice Bar/Creperie. Started another crocheted Christmas present, and made lunch for Mum and I. Had a great chat with my brother, celebrating some good news with him.

AND good deed(s) received:

Mum brought me back some delicious fresh profiteroles that had been served in the community kitchen that evening, where she had been cooking.

Tuesday 26th November

Hung Mum’s wash and did the shopping. Gave ‘writer me’ some dedicated creative time, which I REALLY enjoyed:-)

AND good deed(s) received:

Received a sweet text from a friend about sharing the harvested ‘giant’ veg from the community garden which we blessed last Friday.

Wednesday 27th November

I agreed to postpone a meeting with a friend who’s writing a book, as she felt she hadn’t written enough more to make it worthwhile meeting again yet. Created a really fun English lesson for a mother and son, including writing winter/Christmas themed acrostic poems and making paper snowflakes (after deciphering the instructions:-) Squeezed in a final lesson with a student who is returning to Spain at the weekend.

AND good deed(s) received:

The boy I taught gave me his snowflake which had eyes and a mouth picked out in sparkling silver glitter! During a chat with a friend for whom I occasionally clean, I shared that I was yearning for a clearly defined passion and purpose in my life again, I wanted to serve –  to which he responded that I WAS serving him:-) Received a VERY lovely email from a dear friend, which touched me to tears (she owes me a box of Kleenex…) and made me feel incredibly seen and loved.

Thursday 28th November

Made soup for lunch for Mum and I, and began making a special advent gift for a friend who is turning 60 soon. Good Deed to me…listening to a deep inner need, I applied for a two week silent work retreat at a Buddhist Centre in South Devon, England in February next year. I’m very excited. It’s called Gaia House, and is a fabulous place to deeply connect with peace, source and insight. I’ve been twice before, but it’s been five years since the last time I was there…

http://gaiahouse.co.uk/

AND good deed(s) received:

Received a warm and swift response from a friend whom I’d reached out to – I need a heart to heart. She agreed to meet tomorrow!

Friday 29th November

Finished the advent gift I was making, together with my mother. Finished the birthday card I’d begun making for our neighbour, and took it over to have a cup of tea with him and wish him a happy birthday. Made dinner for Mum and I.

AND good deed(s) received:

Was gifted with two very loving, deep and wise conversations with two very dear friends. Being held and seen and heard, in full freedom to speak what was in my heart, including the tough stuff with no fear of judgement or rejection…wow, I’m sooooo lucky to have such friends…and to have two hours with each of them…in one day!!! Oh, and the almond croissant didn’t go down badly either:-) When I got back, Mum and I went out to deliver a present and card to a neighbour who was turning eight that day. I was so touched when he looked at my homemade card, gave a sharp intake of breath, and said, ‘That’s beautiful!’ So sweet:-) Sorry, forgot to take a photo…

Saturday 30th November

Sent a text to one of the friends I’d chatted to yesterday, thanking her and wishing her well at the craft fair today, where she will be selling some of her beautiful clay creations. Helped Mum prepare a very special dinner to fundraise for a local affordable housing initiative. It was delicious, and we certainly had fun – a huge success:-) Sent an email to a very special friend to let her know a package she’d sent me had arrived – I’m so excited! But I’m NOT allowed to open it yet, as it’s for Sinterklaas (a Dutch seasonal tradition, celebrated on 5th December).

AND good deed(s) received:

A heavy and exciting, in a box shaped, soundless ‘not giving anything away’ kinda way, package arrived for me!!! A friend I bumped into decided to join us in the kitchen and help us cook, just for the joy of catching up. It was really fun to spend time together, and it ended up being a really big job, so goodness knows what we would have done without her! Mum agreed to leave the house much earlier than she’d planned tomorrow to give me a lift to the writing workshop I’m holding, because my car made some very loud and scary noises on the way home tonight, and I won’t be able to use it tomorrow…

…life – the journey and the learning and the mystery and the beauty – continues:-)

Wishing you all a wonderful week dear friends:-)

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