Although we get bombarded with some terrible news every day, the world is still a good place to live in.

I’m a chronic addict looking for opportunities to help others. When I get a request from a friend needing me for something, I literally get a thrill. Giving makes me happy. Expecting things from others makes you miserable. Every now and then I do fall into the trap of expecting and it’s usually disappointing. Giving without being expectant is the secret for one’s self happiness. You can define this within a religion, charity, family, friendship whatever suits your way of describing it but in its roots this is what it is.

I’ve experienced surprises and good deeds coming my way when they are least expected.

Last Sunday night I received a message. The content made me cry. It’s been such a long time since I was spoilt with such generosity from another human being. I read the message and I curled up next to the kitchen bench almost trying to hide from myself. My two kids were in their room, hubby was out for a run. I listened to the silence in the kitchen, my brain stopped for a brief moment and I questioned the reality of time. Later on I tried to describe this emotion to my friend, the words felt too weak and superficial. What I felt in that brief instant of time couldn’t be communicated with words.

Opportunities can only be one if they are timely in your life and this one couldn’t have been at a better time.

It doesn’t take much for us to contribute into others’ happiness. It’s not much work either.

I was in a cafe few weeks back. An old lady walked in and while she was trying to settle into the sit, she knocked down the flower vase on the table. I saw the fragility on her face, she felt terrible. Her company, another lady didn’t have much emotion on her face to make her feel OK but the waitress was a beautiful girl. She helped and insisted that she sat down as the old lady was trying to pick the flowers off the floor. She insisted further saying it was all fine and cleaned the floor with a smile on her face. The old lady relaxed, realised it wasn’t the end of the world.

Be open, be giving, keep the innocence alive…