Kindness – Part 2

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” 

– George Sand

This is the second of the Kindness posts and I’m echoing an older post and talking about Kindness to self.

We criticise ourselves more than any other living being, don’t let the confident exterior of the self-possessed they do it to.  We are all guilty of being mean to ourselves and belittling what we do or achieve.  We believe we have not achieved, or not done as well as another, we could do more, work harder, run faster, be more, do more…an awful lot of the time we need to take a breath and give to ourselves without hesitation some kindness.

Everyone is worthy of kindness.  Try to see the positive in every action of the day, yes maybe something could be done better next time but without today’s mistake we cannot better ourselves.

Be kind to yourself you are you and you deserve kindness!

 

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Kindness – Part 1

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” 
– Henry James

This week we are talking kindness, today in particular kindness to others.

Recently I was on the pointy end of some unpleasant behaviour that would best be described as “unkindness”.  Nothing overt or dramatically mean was said.  No eggs thrown.  But the comments I received from another professional were decidedly unkind.

So, kindness.  Treating others as we would like to be treated, yes but more than that, a little smile goes a long way.  Understanding that you may not been fully aware of the situation, after all as much as we might think we can or would like to, we cannot live in another’s skin and experience life as they do.  So a smile, kind word, helping out or even just backing away and giving space to everyone, office enemy and best friend alike.

It is too easy to ignore each other, or say something with the intent to help without thinking about the content of what we say.  Or if you are in London, it is too easy to think your tube trip is somehow more important than someone else’s and push your way into the carriage, or think that you are the only one who’s feet are hearting and head is pounding and therefore you deserve that seat more than someone else.  It is far easier to look down at our magazine or paper and block people out but instead, lets extend some kindness and value others as much as we value ourselves.

What am I doing?  I’m forgiving the harsh words and the person they came from and turning it on its head.  You are all wonderful, thank you for the kindness of reading my post and supporting the Little Elf.

West End Elf

Sunset Boulevard…tragic one sided love story ending in more tragedy!

I saw this musical when I was about 8 and fell in love with the songs.  The lyrics are so truthful and painfully beautiful I just love it.  Though at 8 years old I probably just love the drama of it rather that the evocative language.

I am not a massive fan of musicals but this one is special.  Aging, fading actress falls in love with young desperate writer…it is wonderful.  Then add to that, this is a short run of shows starring Glenn Close.  The most famous Norma Desmond, in fact I would go so far as to say that Glenn Close is the iconic Norma.  (Yes I am a bit excited).

I managed to convince a friend of mine to tag along with me (Mr Elf was having none of it) and we get ourselves some cheap seats.  As you might have read Glenn Close had been unwell and unable to perform a couple of the preceding performances, but she took to the stage again on Monday and was brilliant… the whole cast were.  It was also wonderful to be able to see the full orchestra on stage as well.  It was as beautiful as I remember and as haunting as I hoped it would be.  I still have goosebumps.

Definitely worth getting to see!

(title picture sourced from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunset_Boulevard_(musical))

 

Elf on the Thames

More sunshine! More fun to be had.

This time we’re in London so we head to the Thames.  Its lovely and bright and what else could be better than to be on the water.

IMAG1738We choose the citycruises, there is a deal on at the moment in the south west trains 2 for 1 booklet, grab one if you are heading into London.

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The boat is full and the sun shining its lovely.  We choose to head up to Tower Bridge from Westminster pier and back again.  We take some lovely photos and listen to the jokes and commentary.  Its slow and relaxing and a good afternoon outing.
Its still sunny so we head off to find a beer garden to enjoy.

This is a perfect activity if you are looking to entertain people who are from outside of London.  It’s a nice way to see the sights and a different way to see the city.

 

All the Sushi!

 

Sushi …love it!  Who needs an excuse to try a sushi café that does a dim sum style buffet?

For £15.99 you get to choose from a huge list of different options, some hot, some salads and sashimi.  Some of the items incur an extra charge.  We start with some seaweed salad, spicy salmon hand rolls and prawn nigari. It is all lovely and fresh and delicious.  The seaweed salad has a very tasty sauce and is one of my favourites.  The katsu chicken roll is a favourite as well.

From the hot part of the menu we have some dumplings which are crisp and lovely and we also try the chicken satay these disappear quickly.

The décor is not exciting but as long as you are there for the food and you are after sushi then it’s a good pick.  I wish I could have tried more things…but eyes too big for my belly…oh well I’ll just have to go back again.