Micro Mondays Over 50s Lifestyle

How a small gesture can make someone’s day

July 19, 2021

When a surprise arrives in the mail and makes your day. That’s what happened to me this week and I was so pleased to receive gift from my blogging friend Denyse from Denyse Whelan Blogs.

Denyse has been through some serious health issues over the years which you can read about over on her blog. She has overcome and inspired us with her journey, that’s for sure.

Like many who are facing the physical and emotional strains of ill-health, Denyse turned to mindfulness and creative pursuits to help with the stress and anxiety. She has created these beautiful bookmarks and I was pleased to be a lucky recipient of some of her work. Thank you Denyse for your thoughtfulness and your small gesture certainly made my day.

This gift and my relationship with Denyse sent me down the thought pattern of friendships, the type of friendships we develop in life and how we can be a positive influence on those we connect with.

Receiving this thoughtful gift reminded me that:

❤️ a thoughtful gift (no matter the size)can make someone’s day

❤️ a handmade gift means so much more than the most expensive gift

❤️your actions can be a positive influence

❤️creativity activity expands our mind and reduces stress and anxiety

❤️ how friendships and connection can be in person, online or a hybrid of both -and why each form of connection is of value

What can you do to make someone’s day? A thoughtful gift, a phone call? It doesn’t take much but can mean so much 💕

That’s the topic of this week’s Micro Mondays – Friendships, Connection and Making Someone’s Day

You can listen to the podcast HERE or watch the video further down the post.

Friendships and Connection are such an important part of life and our well-being and for many those friendships have been affected over the last year due to lockdowns and COVID-19.

We are a creative bunch though and have not let the barrier of no physical meetups stop us from staying connected, maintaining old friendships and developing new ones.

I have what I like to term ‘hybrid’ friendships. I have my friends I can see physically, such as my Saturday Sisters who I run with each week. Our friendship is based on our love of running but over the last 15 years, has developed into a strong bond where we support, love and care for each other. I have my daughter, Rachel to thank for introducing me to my SSs.

Then there are my Online Friends whom I cherish. I am in a couple of groups online one is a group I call my ‘Women’s Circle’ and the other is my Online Book Club. These friendships are just as dear to me even though I don’t get to see these friends in person. We meet weekly, via Zoom, share our thoughts and have some great discussions.

My other online group is my Book Club. We are an intimate group and have decided to discuss the Classics starting with the books written by the Bronte Sisters. I love these discussions and also the fun we have in the final discussion meeting for each book. We bake! Yes a bookclub that bakes! Our resident author in the group is also a baker and at the end of each book she selects a recipe for us to make that would have been made by the characters in the book. We bake in our own kitchens at the same time, via a Zoom call and it is a highlight for me.

If I had not been open to online friendships through the blogging world I would never have developed these friendships with these beautiful, talented women who have enriched my life.

So for me, it is about staying connected in person and online and taking the time to reach out and make someone’s day. You never know what impact you will have.

What type of friendships do you prefer?

Do you take the time to do something that will make someone’s day?

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6 Comments

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 19, 2021 at 10:48

    This is really lovely in so many ways Sue! You have captured the true feeling of friendship which doesn’t need us to see each in person for it to flourish. It would be nice if we could meet all our online friends in person one day but for the moment catching up on zoom, or though our blogs is enough to maintain those interactions. I also received some beautiful bookmarks from Denyse in the mail and was thrilled to be a recipient of her kindness. I have linked to your post in my #lifethisweek post too as you say it so well.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 29, 2021 at 13:19

      Hi Deb, thank you! It certainly doesn’t take much to make someone’s day and I know you make mine often. xx

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 19, 2021 at 11:58

    Hi Sue – what a lovely tribute to Denyse and her thoughtful gift. I received a package of bookmarks from her too – and shared two of them with the grandgirls while they were visiting. Friendships are so valuable aren’t they? I think as we get older we appreciate them more, and the online ones were such a pleasant surprise and gift. I’m grateful for every friend I have and am still figuring out how to get the balance right in time spent – but it’s so worth it to maintain the connections and the joy that a great conversation brings with it.

  • Reply Deborah Cook July 19, 2021 at 18:21

    Denyse sent me some bookmarks a few months ago when I was having a bad time and it really brightened me up.

    I was just saying to (other) Deb I miss my old close friends as it doesn’t feel the same any more and I don’t have the kinds of friends here that I had before.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 29, 2021 at 13:23

      Hi Deb, I don’t have many close friends at all but I am fortunate that they are friends I can count on. It was certainly a lovely surprise from Denyse. It doesn’t take much to make our day, does it? Take care. x

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 19, 2021 at 19:22

    Well, thank you Sue for such beautiful and kind words. I was very much taken with your reaction and response. It is so true that it does not have to be much in terms of a gift nor a message, but to reach out and let another person know “I am thinking of you, and hope you are going OK”. In this day of such uncertainty and lack of connection physically it is even more so. I should tell you, I listened as I was finishing up some more pattern work. It IS my go-to when I feel a bit stressed and one day they too may form more bookmarks!
    It was a lovely message in writing here on the blog and on the podcast/visual cast too.

    Denyse

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