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‘Humility does not mean you think less of yourself –

it means you think of yourself less.’


So it’s Week 30, and I find myself deeply grateful for this weekly focus that has the unending power to pull me back into positive alignment and acknowledge what really matters, and how lucky I truly am. This week has been so full of sweet smiles and warm generosity that I wish I could bottle it and stir it into the richest and most nourishing Christmas pudding, whilst adding to those ingredients a heartfelt wish that all who eat of it will receive as much kindness and consideration as I do. I’ve been reminded, several times this week, of the importance of being humble.


My ongoing and ever increasing thanks to…


the inspiration for these posts.

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


Sunday 8th December

I stayed on from my breakfast shift with the elderly lady I care for to help her husband prepare lunch as there was nobody down on the rota. Helped clean the Creperie and, rather than pouring it away, took the left over milk to the Community Centre…which it turned out had only a tiny amount of milk left! I love those synchronous moments:-)

AND good deed(s) received:

Had a sweet phone call from a friend who wanted me to help him with some computer work, which made me laugh, as there are few people who are less comfortable and skilled with computers than I am! Still, I guess he’s one of them:-)

Monday 9th December

I paid the mechanic 10 pounds despite his willingness to receive just 5 (!), as I was very grateful and we are a bit ‘out in the sticks’ here, so he’d driven quite a way. I at last wrote and addressed some of the Christmas cards I’ve made, ready to be posted. Gave a hug to a woman I don’t know that well, but I saw her crying and took a moment to hear her out and leave her a little calmer as she was with her 7 year old son who was concerned by her tears.

AND good deed(s) received:

The mobile mechanic came to check out my car (hooray!), tied up the exhaust so I could make it to a nearby garage, and told me it was possible to weld it rather than forking out for a new one. He then only wanted to charge me 5 pounds for his time! Was showered in smiles and giggles from the 7 month old son of a friend when I spent an hour looking after him to give his mother a break…and then she gave me some delicious chocolate panettone! Received a lovely Christmas card from a friend I originally met in Rwanda over 10 years ago, but who’s now back in her native Canada.

Tuesday 10th December

Enjoyed spending some time reading some great posts and sending out some blog love:-) Mum and I rehearsed for our mini Christmas carol recital next week and were left in complete stitches from roaring laughter when, during Silent Night, I sang a flat note and her flute squeaked out a dodgy note right at the same time, and it sounded the kind of terrible which is, well, hilarious!

AND good deed(s) received:

Delicious tea and warm appreciation from a Spanish woman who’s been improving her English with me, and now plans to move to Edinburgh to get a job. She leaves at the weekend.

Wednesday 11th December

I successfully helped an elderly woman add credit to her mobile phone, even though it was such an unfamiliar phone to me it took me an age to work it out. Sent a supportive email to a friend who’s facing a very difficult work situation at the moment.

AND good deed(s) received:

Was fed homemade Christmas cookies by one of my students, followed by a Chocolate Santa from another later that same day! Thank goodness I don’t plan on losing weight until 2014! My car was welded, mended and back on the road for a very reasonable price thanks to a gem of a smiling mechanic at a local garage.

Thursday 12th December

I made a dear friend laugh when I told her the new portable electric heater she’s bought looks like R2D2! She says she’ll never be able to look at it the same way again:-)

r2d2AND good deed(s) received:

The lady I cleaned for this morning paid me generously and also gave me a 10 pound donation for my Rwandan friend, Beatha – thank you! One of my students wanted to read The Secret Garden aloud to me as part of her English lesson, and it was SUCH a pleasure! I loved being read to, and it was a revelation to notice how much I enjoyed the story and the slightly old fashioned language.

Friday 13th December

I offered to do some shopping for the husband of the elderly lady I care for, as his car is currently out of action and I have to pass through town on my way home anyway. Gave a friend a lift home when I saw him trying to hitch a lift after a Christmas concert we’d both been to. Makes me even more grateful to have a working car when I see how it can be used to bless others. Put in some serious ‘cup song’ rehearsal to be prepared for when a dear friend arrives for a visit to Scotland at the end of December! Follow the link if you dare – it’s highly addictive! Oh, and you’ll need a plastic cup…and a little hand/voice co-ordination:-)

AND good deed(s) received:

It was such a privilege and pleasure to be part of a small circle of friends in meditation to celebrate the 60th birthday of a woman who’s a great inspiration to me. The biggest gift was the lightness and jokes mixed in with the reverence and depth, a wonderful reminder that sacred doesn’t mean serious!

Saturday 14th December

Helped prepare our Community Centre for a birthday celebration for our now 60 year old friend, and spent some time rehearsing a medley of carols I’d rewritten the lyrics to in her honour.

AND good deed(s) received:

Lots of kind appreciation and support when, just before the end of my song, I totally blanked and stood there frozen for what felt like hours, but was probably only seconds, until at least some of the words came back and I was able to finish. It was horribly embarrassing, but I learned a lot from the way people responded, not least the birthday ‘girl’, who came up immediately to hug and thank me, saying she’d loved it.

Wishing you all a wonderful week dear friends:-)