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.