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If I am working in my front garden I always smile and say good morning or good afternoon to anyone passing. Some people nod, others smile and some pass the time of day but all are just acts of common courtesy. Today made me realise just how important these little acts are.
A lady pushing a trolley walked past, I smiled and said good morning to her. She replied good morning and how are you? I said that I was enjoying the lovely weather and how was she. She told me that she had hurt her back and that she been unable to get out of her house for quite a few weeks and today was the first time she had managed to brave the shops on her own. I chatted to her probably for no more than five minutes, I have no idea where she lives, never seen her before and probably will never see her again. At the end of the conversation when I wished her a speedy recovery she gave me a huge smile and thanked me for making her day and giving her someone to talk to who had taken an interest in what she was saying.
As far as I was concerned I was just doing what I thought everyone would do but this very simple act of communicating makes you realise how just a few words literally can make such a difference to people. We have featured the Chatter and Natter tables several times in our articles and this is why these tables are helping to combat loneliness but surely we can all spare just a few minutes. We all lead such busy lives but just a few seconds really can make a difference. If we all did just one good or kind deed a day what a different world we would live in.
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